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Cecil [alias Snowden], John (1558–1626), Roman Catholic priest and spy, was born at Worcester and educated at Trinity College, Oxford; he graduated BA in 1576 and MA in 1580. He and several other scholars left Oxford in August 1583 to attend the English Catholic seminary at ...

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Marsh, Walter (bap. 1560, d. 1595), spy and protestant martyr, was baptized on 17 October 1560 at St Stephen, Coleman Street, London, the third or fourth of the four children of John Marsh (b. before 1516, d. 1579), MP, mercer, and governor of the ...

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Owen, Lewis (1571/2–1633?), religious controversialist and spy, born in Merioneth, was probably the eldest son of Gruffydd Owen, the fourth son of Lewis Owen (1522?–1555) of Caernarfon, a baron of the exchequer. On 4 December 1590 he matriculated from Christ Church, Oxford, at the age of eighteen, but later left the university without graduating. ...

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Stouppe, Jean-Baptiste [Giovanni Battista Stoppa] (fl. 1651–1673), Reformed minister and spy, originated from the Grisons, Switzerland. A proposant or divinity graduate of the Academy of Geneva, he was tutor to the children of a Huguenot magnate, the marquis de Montbrun, in Dauphiné when in November 1651 he was recommended by the continental Huguenot churches to their fellows in ...

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Tonge, Israel (1621–1680), informer and Church of England clergyman, was born in Tickhill, near Doncaster, on 11 November 1621, the son of Henry Tong of Holtby, Yorkshire, the minister of that parish. Tonge was educated locally in Doncaster until he went to University College, Oxford...