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Adis, Henry (fl. 1641/2–1663), General Baptist leader and writer, was in 1648 a prisoner in the Tower Chamber of the Fleet prison, 'in the seventh year of the Author's Oppression, being the 8th year of this Parliament's Reformation' (Adis, A Spie, title-page...

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Barber, Edward (d. 1663), General Baptist preacher, was a son of William Barber (d. in or before 1611), yeoman of Sherborne, Somerset. In July 1611 he was apprenticed in London's Merchant Taylors' Company and gained his freedom in August 1620. Barber set up trade as a cloth drawer and by 1624 had married ...

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Brown [Browne], James (b. 1615/16), General Baptist minister, was born in Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire, the son of Thomas Brown; the identity of his mother is not known. He matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford, on 24 April 1635 aged nineteen and graduated BA on 7 April 1638. He was ordained and served as the vicar of ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Bulkley, Charles (1719–1797), General Baptist minister, was born in London on 18 October 1719, the fourth son of Thomas Bulkley, silk merchant in Ludgate Street, London, and his wife, Esther Henry (b. 1694), the daughter of Matthew Henry, the biblical commentator, and his second wife, ...

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Arthur H. Grant

revised by Rosemary Chadwick

Burns, Jabez (1805–1876), General Baptist minister, was born on 18 December 1805 at Oldham, Lancashire, where his father, Joseph, was a chemist. He was educated at a school at Chester and at the grammar school in Oldham, which he left in 1820 to become a draper's assistant in ...

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Caffyn, Matthew (bap. 1628, d. 1714), General Baptist minister, was baptized on 26 October 1628 at Horsham, Sussex, the seventh son of a yeoman farmer, Thomas Caffin (d. before 1653), and his wife, Elizabeth. Lord Onslow of Wisborough Green adopted Matthew as a companion for his only son, ...

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Chillenden, Edmund (fl. 1631–1678), parliamentarian army officer and General Baptist leader, was the son of William Chillenden, yeoman, of Faversham, Kent. His father had died by the time he was bound to the Merchant Taylors' Company of London in February 1631. He gained his freedom of the company in March 1637 and worked for his former master as a button-seller living in ...

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John Clifford (1836–1923) by George Charles Beresford © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Clifford, John (1836–1923), minister of the New Connexion of General Baptists, was born at Sawley, Derbyshire, on 16 October 1836, the eldest of the seven children of Samuel Clifford, a warp-machine worker, and his wife, née Mary Stenson. His father's family were Methodists and his mother's family were Baptists, three of his uncles being Baptist preachers. He went to Baptist schools 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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Denne, Henry (1605/6?–1666), General Baptist minister and religious controversialist, was born at Well, Ickham, in Kent, the son of David Denne, gentleman. He matriculated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, in 1621, graduated BA in 1625, and proceeded MA in 1628. At an unknown date he married ...

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A. C. Bickley

revised by Beth Lynch

Dyke, Daniel (1614–1688), General Baptist minister, was born on 21 January 1614 in Epping, Essex, the son of Jeremy (or Jeremiah) Dyke (bap. 1584, d. 1639), vicar of Epping, and reputedly 'a good old puritan' (Calamy, 1.370), and his wife, Mary Haggar...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by L. E. Lauer

Evans, John (1767–1827), General Baptist minister, was born at Usk, Monmouthshire, on 2 October 1767. He traced his descent through an almost unbroken line of Baptist preachers from the time of the Commonwealth. After some schooling at Bristol, in November 1783 he became a student at the ...

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Leslie Stephen

revised by Jim Benedict

Foster, James (1697–1753), preacher and General Baptist minister, was born at Exeter on 16 September 1697 and baptized on the same day at St Mary Major, Exeter, the son of James Foster, a fuller, who had become a dissenter, although he was the son of a clergyman of ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by Jim Benedict

Gale, John (1680–1721), General Baptist preacher, was born in London on 26 May 1680, the son of Nathaniel Gale, 'an eminent citizen' who owned property in the West Indies. Gale was educated under Richard Claridge, presumably the Quaker schoolmaster of Tottenham...

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Gosnold, John (1626?–1678), General Baptist minister, was born at Dunmow, Essex, the son of Robert Gosnold. His parents must have been relatively poor, for Gosnold was educated at the Charterhouse School in London as an exhibitioner. At nineteen he was admitted to ...

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Grantham, Thomas (1633/4–1692), General Baptist minister, was probably born in the village of Halton, near Spilsby, Lincolnshire. Since he died aged fifty-eight on 17 January 1692, he must have been born in 1633 or the first few days of 1634. While there are several ...

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Griffith, John (1621/2–1700), General Baptist minister, was of unknown parentage and nothing is known of his early background. He was presumably educated, however, since he was frequently known as Dr Griffith; it is uncertain whether this title reflected a medical or theological degree, or was simply a popular epithet....

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Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Kimber, Isaac (1692–1755), General Baptist minister and historian, was born at Wantage, Berkshire, on 1 December 1692, the son of Isaac and Mary Kimber. He attended the private grammar school in Wantage run by the Revd Mr Slopes and then continued his classical studies under ...