This was pretty interesting to read.
Vere [de Vere], Sir Francis (1560/61-1609), army officer and diplomat,
was the second son of Geoffrey Vere (c.1525-1572?) and his wife, Elizabeth
(d. 1615), daughter of Richard Harkyns (or Hardekyn) of Colchester, Essex.
He was born in 1560 or early in 1561, at either Crepping Hall or Crustwick:
both properties in Essex, owned by his father, who was the fourth son of
John de Vere, fifteenth earl of Oxford [see under Vere, John de, sixteenth
earl of Oxford]. Thus Francis was close kin of the holders of the premier
earldom in England-something he never forgot and which he used to his
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