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Ashton, John (c. 1653–1691), official in the royal household and Jacobite conspirator, was the son of Andrew Ashton (d. 1679), of Liverpool, and his wife, Alice. His father was apparently a parliamentarian army officer, though from the royalist family of Ashton of ...

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Beauchamp, Robert de (c. 1195–1251/2), justice and baron, was the son of Simon de Vautort and of the daughter and heir of Robert de Beauchamp (d. 1195), lord of Hatch Beauchamp in Somerset, whose surname he took. An infant at his father’s death, by 1202 his wardship had been granted to ...

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Beauchamp, William de (1100x10–1170), sheriff and baron, was the eldest son of Walter (I) de Beauchamp (d. 1130/31) of Elmley Castle, sheriff of Worcestershire, and his wife, reputedly named Emmeline, the daughter and eventual heir of Urse d'Abetot, sheriff of Worcester, and eventual heir of about half the land of her paternal uncle, ...

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Bermingham, John, earl of Louth (c. 1290–1329), magnate and justiciar of Ireland, was the eldest of at least four legitimate sons of Peter Bermingham of Tethmoy (d. 1308) and Ela, one of four daughters and coheirs of William de Odingsells of Maxstoke, Warwickshire...

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Bertram, Roger (c. 1195–1242), baron and justice, was descended from the William Bertram who was granted the barony of Mitford in Northumberland in the reign of Henry I. Roger was the son of another William Bertram and his wife, Alice, the daughter of ...

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Canville [Camville], Sir Thomas de (d. 1234/5), landowner and justice, was the son of Hugh de Canville (d. c.1194) and his wife, Christiana, the daughter of William the Monk. His father's family had lands in several counties in southern England and ...

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Chudleigh, Elizabeth [married namesElizabeth Hervey, countess of Bristol; Elizabeth Pierrepont, duchess of Kingston upon Hull] (c. 1720–1788), courtier and bigamist, was born probably at the family estate of Ashton, Devon. She was the younger daughter and youngest child of Colonel Thomas Chudleigh (...

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Elizabeth Chudleigh (c. 1720–1788) by Thomas Gainsborough Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)

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Clarendon, Sir Roger (c. 1350–1402), royal bastard and conspirator, was the natural son of Edward, the Black Prince (1330–1376), and his mistress (concubina), Edith Willesford. He was presumably born at the royal palace of Clarendon in Wiltshire, probably around the middle of the fourteenth century, before ...

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Crichton, Robert, eighth Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (c. 1568–1612), nobleman and murderer, was the son of Edward Crichton, seventh Lord Crichton of Sanquhar (c.1542–1569), and Margaret Douglas (c.1545–c.1605), of Drumlanrig. On 10 April 1608 he married Anne (...

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Elwes [Helwys], Sir Gervase (bap. 1561, d. 1615), court official and convicted accessory to the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury, was baptized at Askham, Nottinghamshire, on 1 September 1561, the eldest son of John Elwes (d. 1581) of Worlaby, Lincolnshire, and his wife, ...

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Espec, Walter (d. 1147x58), baron and justice, succeeded to the Bedfordshire estates held in 1086 by William Spech, possibly his father or maternal uncle, and by c.1122 had acquired (probably from the crown) additional lands centred on Wark, Northumberland, and Helmsley, Yorkshire...

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Eustace fitz John (d. 1157), justice and baron, was the son of John fitz Richard (b. before 1056), a minor tenant-in-chief in Essex and Norfolk, and an unknown mother. He succeeded Serlo de Burg, who is said (perhaps wrongly) to have been his uncle and to have founded the castle of ...

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Eustace fitz John (d. 1157) coin ? Copyright The British Museum

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Fiennes, Thomas, ninth Baron Dacre (b. in or before 1516, d. 1541), nobleman and murderer, was the son and heir of Sir Thomas Fiennes and Jane (d. 1539), daughter of Edward Sutton, Lord Dudley. He succeeded his grandfather Thomas, eighth Lord Dacre...

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Fitzgerald, James fitz Gerald, fifteenth earl of Desmond [called the Queen's Earl, the Tower Earl] (c. 1570–1601), nobleman and prisoner, was the son and heir of Gerald fitz James Fitzgerald, fourteenth earl of Desmond (d. 1583), and his second wife, Eleanor Butler (...

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Fortescue, Sir Adrian (c. 1481–1539), landowner and alleged traitor, was the second son of Sir John Fortescue (d. 1500) of Punsborne, near Hatfield, Hertfordshire, and Alice, daughter of Sir Geoffrey Boleyn (and great-aunt of Anne Boleyn). Sir John had arranged for ...

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Graham, Sir Robert, of Kinpont (d. 1437), landowner and assassin, was the third son of Patrick Graham of Kincardine and his second wife, Euphemia, daughter of John Stewart of Ralston. Possibly intended for the church, he was educated at the University of Paris...

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Hamilton, Claud [known as Lord Claud Hamilton], first Lord Paisley (1546?–1621), nobleman and conspirator, was born probably in 1546, the fifth and youngest son of James Hamilton, second earl of Arran and first duke of Chatelherault (d. 1575), and his wife, ...

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Hamilton, John, second Lord Bargany (c. 1640–1693), nobleman and accused traitor, was the elder son among the seven children of Sir John Hamilton later first Lord Bargany (d. 1658), and his wife, Lady Jean (d. 1669), second daughter of William Douglas, ...