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A borough of west-central England west-northwest of Birmingham. It had thriving iron, coal, and limestone industries until the 1870s.


1. (Placename) a town in W central England, in Dudley unitary authority, West Midlands: wrought-iron industry. Pop: 194 919 (2001)
2. (Placename) a unitary authority in W central England, in West Midlands. Pop: 304 800 (2003 est). Area: 98 sq km (38 sq miles)


(Biography) Robert. See (Earl of) Leicester1


(ˈdʌd li)

1. Robert, 1st Earl of Leicester, 1532?–88, British statesman and favorite of Queen Elizabeth I.
2. a borough in West Midlands, central England, near Birmingham. 312,200.
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"You might have thrashed me and let it go at that," said the condemned man to the complaining witness; "that is what you used to do at school, when you were plain Will Dudley and I was as good as you.
The next morning, when in the presence of the whole brigade Private Greene was shot to death by a squad of his comrades, Lieutenant Dudley turned his back upon the sorry performance and muttered a prayer for mercy, in which himself was included.
The first sergeant of Lieutenant Dudley's company stepped to the front and began to name the men in alphabetical order.
Lieutenant Dudley pushed through the ranks from his place in the rear.
"Let us consider it settled, therefore, that Winthrop, Bellingham, Dudley, and Endicott, each of them, when chosen governor, took his seat in our great chair on election day.
Dudley came behind, with a downcast look, dreading, as well he might, to meet the indignant gaze of the people, who beheld him, their only countryman by birth, among the oppressors of his native land.
His name is Dudley Pickering, and he made a fortune in automobiles.
These primitive statesmen, therefore -- Bradstreet, Endicott, Dudley, Bellingham, and their compeers -- who were elevated to power by the early choice of the people, seem to have been not often brilliant, but distinguished by a ponderous sobriety, rather than activity of intellect.
"Look at Lady Jane Grey," he says; "look at Gilford Dudley; look at old Northumberland!
Your name happened to come up in conversation, in connection with the miniatures you have lent to the exhibition at the Dudley. Staveley curled his lip and said that you might have the most artistic tastes, but that you were a man whom no pure-minded girl should be allowed to know, and whom no chaste woman should sit in the same room with.
Next, after a year or two with his kinspeople in Lancashire, in the North of England, he came to London, hoping through literature to win high political place, and attached himself to the household of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, Queen Elizabeth's worthless favorite.