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Alleine, Theodosia (fl. 1654–1677), nonconformist writer, was a daughter of Richard Alleine (1610/11–1681), rector of Batcombe, Somerset. Whether her mother was his first wife (whose name is unrecorded) or his second, Frances, is not known. Both her father and her paternal uncle, William Alleine...

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Allen [née Archer], Hannah (c. 1638–1668x1708), nonconformist writer, was the daughter of John Archer of Snelston, Derbyshire, and his wife, the daughter of William Hart of Uttoxeter Woodland in nearby Staffordshire. Her father, who was from a family of tanners and tailors, died when ...

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Askew [married name Kyme], Anne (c. 1521–1546), writer and protestant martyr, was probably born at her family home in Stallingborough, near Grimsby in Lincolnshire, the second daughter of Sir William Askew (1489–1541) and his first wife, Elizabeth Wrottesley. She had two brothers, ...

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Bocher, Joan (d. 1550), religious radical, also known as Joan Knell and Joan of Kent, is of unknown origins, but Bocher and Knell families are found either side of the rim of Romney Marsh. Her religious history is also obscure. The earliest that is known for certain is that she was much in favour in reforming circles in ...

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Bowes [née Aske], Elizabeth (bap. 1505, d. in or before 1572), protestant exile, was baptized in August 1505 at Aske in Richmondshire, North Riding of Yorkshire, the daughter of Roger Aske (d. before 1510), son of William and Felicia Aske, and ...

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Cary, Mary (b. 1620/21), millenarian, is known only through her publications, which reveal little of her background. At first she identified herself by initials alone, styling herself a 'minister or servant of the Gospel' (The Resurrection of the Witnesses, 1648), and she did not indicate her gender or give her full name until 1651. She explained then that her surname had changed to ...

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Channel, Elinor (fl. 1654), prophetess, of unknown parents, was an inhabitant of Cranleigh, near Guildford in Surrey. By the spring of 1654 she was married to 'a very poor man' and had at least four children, three of whom were very young (...

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Chidley, Katherine (fl. 1616–1653), religious controversialist and Leveller, was of unknown origins and background. By 1616 she was married to Daniel Chidley (fl. 1616–1649), a tailor of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and in the same year gave birth to their first child, Samuel Chidley...

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Clibborn, Catherine Booth- [called La Maréchale] (1858–1955), evangelist, was born on 18 September 1858 at Gateshead, the third of eight children and the eldest daughter of the Revd William Booth (1829–1912), then a minister in the Methodist New Connexion, and his wife, ...

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Crofts, Elizabeth (b. c. 1535), impostor, is of unknown origins. Nothing is known of her before 1554, when she was involved in a cause célèbre that led to her being accused of attempting to undermine the church and the crown. The episode is reported in both Catholic and protestant sources, with no significant variation in detail. On 14 March that year, aged about eighteen, ...

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Davies [née Touchet; other married name Douglas], Lady Eleanor (1590–1652), prophetess, was the fifth daughter of George Touchet, eleventh Baron Audley (1550/51–1617), and his first wife, Lucy Mervyn (d. 1609/10), daughter of Sir James Mervyn of Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire. She had two younger brothers. Her father's barony was recalled in one of the variants of her name which she was to deploy in her writings: ...

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Davies, Rosina (1863–1949), evangelist, was born on 2 September 1863 at Bute Street, Treherbert, Glamorgan, the third of six children of David Davies (d. 1902), coal haulier, and his wife, Hannah, née Jones (d. 1929), formerly the wife of William Watkins...

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Doddridge [née Maris], Mercy (1709–1790), dissenting laywoman and letter-writer, was born on 4 September 1709 at The Friary, Worcester, the daughter of Richard Maris (bap. 1672, d. 1752), a well-established baker and maltster, and his second wife, Elizabeth Brindley (d...

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Dyer [née Barrett], Mary (d. 1660), Quaker martyr in America, of whom all that is known of her parentage is her maiden name, married William Dyer (bap. 1609), a milliner and member of the Fishmongers' Company, probably in St Martin-in-the-Fields, Middlesex...

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Fairfield, Zoë Barbara (1878–1936), secretary of the Student Christian Movement, was born at St George's Square, Pimlico, London, on 23 April 1878, the elder of two daughters of Arthur Rowan Fairfield (1840–1915), civil servant, and his wife, Sophie Louise, née Blew-Jones (1858–1936). She was a cousin of ...

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Gell [née Packer], Katherine (bap. 1624, d. 1671), religious patron, was baptized at Westminster Abbey on 11 March 1624, the third daughter, in a family of five sons and three daughters, of John Packer (1572–1649), administrator and politician, and his wife, Philippa Mills (...

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Gotherson [née Scott; other married name Hogben], Dorothea (bap. 1611), Quaker preacher and writer, was baptized on 22 September 1611 at Godmersham, Kent, the youngest of five children of Thomas Scott (c. 1566–1635), later MP for Canterbury, and his second wife, Mary Knatchbull (...

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Hampton, Elizabeth [Bess] (d. 1661), conventicle keeper and laundress, was perhaps of a family from Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire. She never married. She lived in Holywell Street, Oxford, round the corner from Wadham College, and on a direct route to Magdalen College, in a tenement leased from ...