Given that political unrest, religious strife, and family ties formed a backdrop to the formation of the Massachusetts Bay Company, being tied socially due to locality, university attendance and membership in the Inns of Court were perhaps the most influential. 

The friends beeing togeather in Lincolnshire about the year 1627, mentioned in Thomas Dudley’s letter to the Countess of Lincoln, and those who attended the August 1628 Sempringham Meeting were central to forming the Massachusetts Bay Company. As shown above, the most influential of these were from the Boston Lincolnshire area, attended Emmanuel College at Cambridge University, and were members of the Inns of Court.