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Cookman, George (bap. 1774, d. 1856), businessman, lay preacher, and radical politician, was baptized on 20 January 1774 in the church of St Peter in the village of Owthorne, on the east Yorkshire coast, the son of Grimston Cookman, yeoman, and his wife, ...

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Cooper, Thomas (1805–1892), Chartist and religious lecturer, was born on 20 March 1805 in Leicester, the illegitimate son of a dyer. His mother continued working as a dyer after the early death of Cooper's father, which indicates that the relationship was more than transitory. Living in ...

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Danvers, Henry (b. in or before 1619, d. 1687/8), General Baptist preacher and radical, was born at Swithland, Leicestershire, the second son of William Danvers (d. 1656), gentleman, and his wife, Elizabeth. A notation on the title-page of his The Mystery of Magistracy Unvailed...

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Detrosier, Rowland [formerly Rowley Barnes] (1800?–1834), freethinking radical and popular lecturer, was born in London, the son of a Manchester merchant, Robert Norris, and a Frenchwoman named Detrosier. His parents abandoned him soon after his birth and he was adopted by a Swedenborgian tailor from ...

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Dickson, William Steel (1744–1824), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster and political radical, was born William Dickson on Christmas day 1744, the eldest son of John Dickson, farmer, and his wife, Jane Steel, at Ballycraigy, in the parish of Carnmoney, co. Antrim...

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Foote, George William (1850–1915), radical journalist and secularist, was born at 2 How Street Cottages, Plymouth, on 11 January 1850, the son of William Thomas Foot, customs officer, who died when he was about four. He was brought up an Anglican by his mother, ...

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John Jebb (1736–1786) by Charles Knight, pubd 1782 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jebb, John (1736–1786), religious and political reformer, was born on 16 February 1736 at Southampton Street, Covent Garden, London, the eldest son of Dr John Jebb (d. 1787), dean of Cashell, Ireland, and Ann, daughter of Daniel Gansel of Donyland Hall, near ...

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Legate, Bartholomew (d. 1612), radical separatist and convicted heretic, was the son of William Legate, a substantial householder of Hornchurch, Essex. The extended Legate clan was among the most ancient and successful families of the royal liberty of Havering. By the mid-sixteenth century members of the family, including ...

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O'Neill, Arthur George (1819–1896), reformer and minister of religion, was born in Chelmsford, Essex, in September 1819. His father, Arthur O'Neill, a coachmaker, was an Irish protestant refugee, and his mother, Ann, claimed descent from John Rogers, a protestant martyr in Mary Tudor's...

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Palmer, Thomas Fyshe (1747–1802), Unitarian minister and radical, was born at Ickwell, Bedfordshire, in July 1747, the son of Henry Fyshe and his wife, Elizabeth Ingram. His mother belonged to the Palmer family of Nazeing Park, Essex. His father, who was the representative of the family of ...

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Wade, Arthur Savage (bap. 1787, d. 1845), Chartist and Church of England clergyman, was baptized on 19 September 1787 at St Mary's, Warwick, the second son of Charles Gregory Wade, an attorney and leading Warwick tory, and his wife, Susanna, née Savage. Educated at the town's grammar school, ...