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?lfstan of Boscombe (fl. 1043–1065), nobleman, is identified by Domesday Book as a substantial landholder, with an estate of some 237 hides of land, scattered over eight shires, making him the fifth richest of the recorded pre-conquest thegns below the rank of earl. Most of this land was probably his inheritance, but the charter whereby ...

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Anne of Woodstock, countess of Stafford (c. 1382–1438), noblewoman, was the daughter and eventual coheir of Thomas of Woodstock, duke of Gloucester (d. 1397), and his wife, Eleanor de Bohun. From the outset, her wealth and lineage made her a valuable commodity in the marriage market. She was not yet ten when, in June 1391, her wedding to ...

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Arundell, Blanche [née Lady Blanche Somerset], Lady Arundell of Wardour (1583/4–1649), royalist noblewoman, was the sixth daughter of Edward Somerset, fourth earl of Worcester (c. 1550–1628), and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Hastings (d. 1621), daughter of Francis Hastings, second earl of Huntingdon...

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Asgar the Staller (d. after 1066), nobleman, was, according to the figures given in Domesday Book, the second-richest thegn in pre-conquest England below the rank of earl. His estate of over 300 hides of land was scattered over nine shires, the greatest concentration (some ...

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Balfour, John, third Lord Balfour of Burleigh (d. 1696/7), nobleman, was the son and heir of Robert Balfour (formerly Arnot), second Lord Balfour of Burleigh (d. 1663), and Margaret Balfour, Lady Balfour (d. 1639), who married in 1606. After being sent to ...

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Balliol [Baliol], Alexander de (d. 1310?), nobleman and administrator, was the second son of Henry de Balliol (d. 1246), chamberlain of Scotland, and his wife, Lora de Valognes (d. in or before 1272). Alexander, who was lord of Cavers in Roxburghshire, is clearly distinguishable from his namesake and contemporary, ...

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Balliol, Dervorguilla de, lady of Galloway (d. 1290), noblewoman and benefactor, was a daughter of Alan, lord of Galloway (b. before 1199, d. 1234), and his second wife, Margaret, eldest daughter of David, earl of Huntingdon (d. 1219). Born some time after 1209, the date of her parents' marriage, her distinctive Gaelic name, ...

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Balliol [Baliol], Henry de (d. 1246), nobleman and administrator, was the youngest brother of Hugh de Balliol (d. 1229) of Barnard Castle; together with another of his elder brothers, Ingelram or Ingram (d. c.1244), he was the first of his family to acquire lands and interests in ...

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Barry, David fitz David, first earl of Barrymore (1605–1642), nobleman, was born on 10 March 1605, probably at Buttevant, co. Cork, a posthumous child of David fitz David Barry (d. 1604/5), son of David fitz James Barry, de facto third Viscount Buttevant...

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Basset, Philip (d. 1271), justiciar and royalist nobleman, was a younger son and eventually—on the death of his brother, Fulk Basset, bishop of London, in 1259—heir of Alan Basset, lord of Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Despite a strong family tradition of royal service, which Basset...

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Beauchamp, John, first Baron Beauchamp of Powick (c. 1400–1475), nobleman and administrator, was the son and eventually the heir of Sir William Beauchamp of Powick in Worcestershire (c.1370–c.1421) and his wife, Katherine Usflete (d. after 1436). Sir William...

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Belasyse, Thomas, first Earl Fauconberg (1627/8–1700), nobleman, was born at Newburgh Priory, near Coxwold, North Riding of Yorkshire, the son of Henry Belasyse (1604–1647) and his wife, Grace Barton of Smithells, Lancashire. He may have been educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. The first Viscount Fauconberg...

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Berkeley, George, eighth Baron Berkeley (1601–1658), nobleman, was born at Low Leyton, Essex, on 7 October 1601, son of Sir Thomas Berkeley (1575–1611) and Elizabeth Carey, later Chamberlain (1576–1635) [see under Carey, Elizabeth], daughter of George Carey, second Baron Hunsdon (1546/7–1603)...

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Berkeley, James, first Baron Berkeley (c. 1394–1463), nobleman, born in Raglan, Monmouthshire, was the son of Sir James Berkeley and Elizabeth Bluet and claimant to the Berkeley barony. He was dubbed 'James the Just' by the family historian James Smyth. The castle and hundred of ...

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Bertie [née Willoughby; other married name Brandon], Katherine, duchess of Suffolk (1519–1580), noblewoman and protestant patron, was the daughter of William Willoughby, eleventh Baron Willoughby de Eresby, a baron whose holdings ran to some thirty manors in Lincolnshire (and almost as many in ...

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Bertie, Montague, second earl of Lindsey (1607/8–1666), royalist nobleman and army officer, was the eldest son of Robert Bertie, first earl of Lindsey (1582–1642), and Elizabeth Montagu (bap. 1586, d. 1654). He was educated briefly at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he was admitted as a fellow-commoner on 1 February 1623. He served as MP for ...