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Borthwick, Sir John (d. 1569), soldier and religious activist, is of obscure origins. He was not, as has been claimed, a son of William, third Lord Borthwick, but became son-in-law of the fourth lord [see Borthwick, William] when he married the latter's youngest daughter, ...

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Chisenhale [Chisnall], Edward (bap. 1619, d. 1654), soldier and religious controversialist, was baptized on 20 January 1619 in the parish of Standish, Lancashire, the eldest son of Edward Chisnall (d. 1635) of Chisnall in the same county, and his wife, Margaret (...

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Clifford, Sir Lewis (c. 1330–1404), soldier and suspected heretic, 'far from being of the north-country baronial family was a cadet of the Cliffords of Devonshire, such small fry that their pedigree is difficult to trace' (McFarlane, 162). He was probably born in the early 1330s. His military career began inauspiciously as one of the ...

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Dell, Jonas (d. 1665?), soldier and religious writer, may have fought in the parliamentarian army in the civil war. Nothing is known about his origins or early life, but in 1658 he attacked a corrupt establishment thus: 'I did not think at Marston Moor...

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Gates, Geoffrey (fl. 1566–1580), soldier and polemicist, was the eldest son and heir of Geoffrey Gates; his mother was a Pascall of Essex. His uncle was the Essex gentleman Sir John Gates (1504–1553), captain of the guard of Edward VI and chancellor of the ...

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Haime, John (bap. 1708, d. 1784), soldier and Methodist preacher, was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptized at Holy Trinity Church in Shaftesbury on 18 February 1708 (though he gave the date of his birth as 1710 in his autobiography), the son of a gardener. He followed his father's occupation for several years, but disliked it; he left to work with his uncle as a button maker, first in ...

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Heydon, Sir Christopher (1561–1623), soldier and writer on astrology, was born in Surrey on 14 August 1561, the eldest son of Sir William Heydon (1540–1594) of Baconsthorpe, Norfolk, and his wife, Anne (fl. c.1540–1603), daughter of Sir William Woodhouse of Hickling, Norfolk...

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Larke, Sampson (bap. 1620, d. 1685), republican soldier and Baptist preacher, was baptized at Poundstock, north Cornwall, on 27 August 1620, the son of Sampson Larke (d. in or before 1654), a yeoman farmer, and his wife, Agnes, whose name before marriage is not known. He was one of at least three children to survive infancy, and his father was churchwarden of ...

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Latimer, Sir Thomas (1341–1401), soldier and alleged heretic, was the third son of Sir Warin Latimer of Braybrooke, Northamptonshire, and Katherine, daughter of John de la Warr, born between 10 and 17 September 1341. He is chiefly notable as the most conspicuous, if not the most fervent, member of a group of courtiers and soldiers disparaged by the chroniclers ...

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Oldcastle, John, Baron Cobham (d. 1417), soldier, heretic, and rebel, came from a Herefordshire family that emerged in the fourteenth century.

Oldcastle's great-grandfather Peter is the earliest recorded member of his family, and his grandfather, another John, represented the shire in parliament in 1368 and 1372. His father, ...

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Robert (d. 1102), crusader and martyr, was the son of Godwine of Winchester and a companion of Edgar ?theling. According to the late fourteenth-century Scottish writer John Fordun, in the early 1090s Edgar ?theling was accused of plotting against William II by Ordgar...

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Staniforth, Sampson (1720–1799), soldier and Methodist preacher, was born in December 1720 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, the son of a cutler. His parents had thirteen children, of whom only four lived to maturity. In the autobiography he wrote for John Wesley at the end of his life he said that no care was taken of his education and that he learned nothing of religion or morality; in this he was untypical of Methodist preachers. From fourteen to seventeen he was apprenticed to a baker; he was diligent in his work, but he fell into bad company and took to gaming. Late in 1739 he enlisted in the army, to his mother's distress (she had bought him off once before), and marched to ...

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Wood, Thomas (d. 1577), soldier and religious activist, may have been of either Leicestershire or Yorkshire origin. Until 1960 he was known only as one of the four Englishmen who founded the protestant exile community in Frankfurt am Main on 27 June 1554 and as an elder of the later English congregation at ...