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Allen, John [pseud. Junius junior] (d. 1783x8), Particular Baptist minister and writer, became minister in 1764 of the Particular Baptist church in Petticoat Lane, London, having previously preached at Salisbury. On settling in London he opened a linen draper's shop in Shoreditch...

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Beddome, Benjamin (1717–1795), Particular Baptist minister and hymn writer, the son of John Beddome (d. 1757), Baptist minister, and Rachel Brandon, was born at Henley in Arden, Warwickshire, on 23 January 1717. He was baptized in 1739 at the Baptist church at ...

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Blackwood, Christopher (1607/8–1670), Particular Baptist minister, was born in August 1607 or 1608, in Yorkshire, the youngest son of William Blackwood. After matriculating at the age of thirteen from Pembroke College, Cambridge, at Easter 1621, he graduated BA in 1625. He was ordained a priest in the diocese of ...

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John Westby-Gibson

revised by E. F. Clipsham

Booth, Abraham (1734–1806), Particular Baptist minister and author, was born at Blackwell, near Alfreton, Derbyshire, on 20 May 1734, the son of Robert Booth (bap. 1700) and Elizabeth Bradley. While an infant his parents moved to Annesley Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire, where his father had taken a small farm as a tenant of the ...

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Burnham, Richard (bap. 1749, d. 1810), Particular Baptist minister and hymnodist, son of William and Ann Burnham, was baptized at the parish church, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, on 22 April 1749. Burnham later embraced Baptist views and joined the Particular Baptist church at Reading...

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C. W. Sutton

revised by Raymond Brown

Butterworth, John (1727–1803), Particular Baptist minister, was born on 13 December 1727, the eldest of five sons of Henry Butterworth, blacksmith, of Goodshaw, Rossendale, in Lancashire. Four of the five sons entered the Baptist ministry. Butterworth received his early education from David Crosley...

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Collins, Hercules (d. 1702), Particular Baptist minister, appears to have received little formal education. A keen interest in Christianity showed itself at an early age, which may indicate religious parentage. Beyond this, though, nothing is known about his parents. By the mid-1670s he may have been a member of ...

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Crosley, David (1669/70–1744), Particular Baptist minister, was born in Heptonstall, near Hebden Bridge, of unknown parentage. Initially worshipping with the presbyterians, he was brought up by a devout aunt, called Mitchell, in Barnoldswick. He did not readily sever ties with the presbyterians because as late as 1692, even after his baptism as a believer, he was still contemplating ordination among them....

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Evans, Caleb (1737–1791), Particular Baptist minister and college head, was born on 12 November 1737 in Bristol, the first child of Hugh Evans (1712–1781), Particular Baptist minister and principal of the Bristol Baptist Academy, and his first wife, Sarah Browne (d. 1751)...

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Fawcett, John (1740–1817), Particular Baptist minister and theological writer, was born on 6 January 1740 at Lidget Green, near Bradford, the son of Stephen Fawcett (c.1702–c.1751), who died of a fever in his fiftieth year, leaving a widow and a numerous family. ...

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Foskett, Bernard (1685–1758), Particular Baptist minister and college head, was born in North Crawley, Buckinghamshire, on 10 March 1685, the son of William Foskett, the local justice of the peace. Educated at home, he subsequently trained in London to be a physician. It was in ...

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Francis, Enoch (1689–1740), Particular Baptist minister, the son of Francis David Francis, was born at Pantyllaethdy on the Teifi, between Llanllwni and Llanybydder. He began to preach in 1707 at Llanllwni. The date of his ordination is not known, but it was before 1721, as he was invited to preach at the ...

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Gill, John (1697–1771), Particular Baptist minister and theologian, was born of poor parents, Edward Gill, a woollen merchant, and Elizabeth Walker, at Kettering, Northamptonshire, on 23 November 1697. He spent a very short time at Kettering grammar school, and his formal education ended at the age of eleven. Soon after his baptism on 1 November 1716, ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by Rosemary Chadwick

Gould, George (1818–1882), Particular Baptist minister, the eldest son by a second marriage of George Gould, a Bristol china and glass dealer, was born at Castle Green, Bristol, on 20 September 1818. After attending a strict boarding-school (1826–32), he became clerk to a wine merchant at the end of 1832, and in 1836 was articled to an accountant. A serious illness in the winter of 1836–7, and the example of a friend who was preparing for the ministry of the ...

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Harrison, Thomas (1693–1745), Particular Baptist minister and Church of England clergyman, was the son of Thomas Harrison (1667–1702), minister of the Baptist church at Loriners' Hall, London. He was first invited to preach at Little Wild Street, London, in April 1714, but was not called to be minister until March 1715 after the call had been refused by another. He had already published a sermon to mark the accession of ...

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Hobson, Paul (d. 1666), Particular Baptist preacher, was a tailor from Buckinghamshire according to the heresiographer Thomas Edwards. An opponent of the solemn league and covenant in 1643, Hobson had probably by this time joined the London separatist church founded by John Spencer...

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Ivimey, Joseph (1773–1834), Particular Baptist minister and historian, was born on 22 May 1773 at Ringwood, the eldest of the eight children of Charles Ivimey (d. 1820), a tailor, and his wife, Sarah Tilly (d. 1830). His father's improvidence dictated that ...

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Jenkins, Joseph (1743–1819), Particular Baptist minister, was born at Wrexham, Denbighshire, the son of Evan Jenkins (1712–1752), former pastor of the Old Meeting at Wrexham. Benefiting from the charity of Thomas Llewellyn, he was sent to London when sixteen to learn Greek and Hebrew under ...

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Jones, John Andrews (1779–1868), Particular Baptist minister, was born on 10 October 1779 at Bristol, the eldest son of a manufacturing tobacconist. His father abandoned the family when John was aged about ten. John was educated from 1789 to 1794 at Colston's School, Bristol...

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Benjamin Keach (1640–1704) by Michael Vandergucht, pubd 1701 (after J. Surmans) © National Portrait Gallery, London