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Bonham Norton (1565-1635) was the son of the well-known Elizabethan printer William Norton (1527-1593). The Dictionary of National Biography (1904 ed., volume 41, pp. 225-226) has a few words about Bonham in the article on his father:

"[Bonham Norton,] who was also a freeman of the Stationers' Company, and served various offices in the company, being master in 1613, 1626, and 1629. He held a patent for printing common-law books with Thomas Wright, and became the king's printer. He published a great number of books, was an alderman of London, and subsequently retired to live on his property at Church Stretton in Shropshire. He served as sheriff of Shropshire in 1611 (in which year he received a grant of arms), and married Jane, daughter of Thomas Owen of Condover, Shropshire, one of the judges of the court of common pleas. He died on 5 April 163-5 and was buried in St. Faith's, near his father. His widow erected a monument to their memory there, and another to her husband in Condover Church. He left a son, Roger Norton (d. 1661), also a printer and freeman of the Stationers' Company."

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