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A word found in the register of Frickley with Clayton: 1628 Elyzabethe Bynglay grace woman buryed the xxvj of November. She was probably a mid-wife, since the OED has ‘grace-wife’ with that meaning and the same word occurs also in the records of Henry Percy, ninth Earl of Northumberland: 1607-8 to her Ladyship’s gracewife xx li.

dates 1607-1608 1628

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