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Lane, Sir Ralph (1528– October 1603), soldier and colonial governor, was the son of Sir Ralph Lane of Orlingbury, Northamptonshire, England, and Maud Parr, daughter of William, Lord Parr of Horton. Lane’s place of birth is unknown. Lane was educated at the Middle Temple in 1554 and was elected to Parliament in 1558 and 1563. He went to court in 1563 and, as a client of the earl of Leicester, was an equerry to Queen Elizabeth by 1568. He served in the force sent to quell the northern rebels in 1569....