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Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Addington, Stephen (1729–1796), Independent minister and tutor, was born at Northampton on 9 June 1729, the seventh son of Samuel Addington, who was either a hatter or a glover, and his wife, Mary. He was a student at Philip Doddridge's academy at Northampton...

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A. B. Grosart

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Aldridge, William (1737–1797), Independent minister, was born at Warminster, in Wiltshire. He spent his youth in the pursuit of pleasure, but in his twenties he was affected by a passionate desire to be a preacher of the gospel. He joined the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion...

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Thompson Cooper

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Angus, John (1724–1801), Independent minister, was born on 24 July 1724 at Styford, near Hexham, Northumberland. In 1741 he entered Edinburgh University, where he remained for two years, before moving to London in 1743 to begin a course of ministerial training under John Eames...

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Armitage, Timothy (d. 1655), Independent minister, matriculated in Michaelmas term 1633 as a sizar from St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He graduated BA in 1637 and proceeded MA in 1640. From early November 1643 he acted as curate of St Michael Coslany, Norwich, Norfolk...

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A. B. Grosart

revised by Jim Benedict

Ashwood, John (1657–1706), Independent minister, the only son of Bartholomew Ashwood (1622–1678), was born in Axminster, Devon, where his father was vicar. His mother may have been Elizabeth (d. 1710), the wife who outlived Bartholomew. After a 'remarkable' conversion at the age of fourteen, he was admitted to his father's Independent church at ...

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A. B. Grosart

revised by M. J. Mercer

Asty, John (1675–1730), Independent minister, the second son of Robert Asty (1642–1681), Independent minister at Norwich, and his wife, Lydia (d. 1697), eldest daughter of the Revd John Sammes of Coggeshall, Essex, was born at Norwich on 12 September 1675 and baptized at the ...

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Bagshaw, Edward (1629/30–1671), Independent minister and religious controversialist, was born at Broughton, Northamptonshire, the son of Edward Bagshaw (d. 1662). After education at Westminster School, on 1 May 1646 he was elected to a studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he matriculated on 1 February 1647, aged seventeen. He graduated BA in 1649 and MA in 1651 (incorporated at ...

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Barker, Matthew (1619–1698), Independent minister, was born in Cransley, Northamptonshire, of unknown parents. He was groomed for the ministry from an early age and matriculated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1634, graduating BA in 1638 and proceeding MA in 1641. Upon leaving university ...

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Bennet, John (1715–1759), Methodist preacher and Independent minister, was born on 1 March 1715 in Whitehough, near Chinley, Derbyshire, the younger son of William Bennet (c.1677–1766), farmer, and his wife, Ann (d. 1752). Raised as a presbyterian, he was educated at a school in ...

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Beverley, Thomas (d. 1702), Independent minister and author, about whom very few biographical details are available, is first mentioned as the 'Rector of Lilley in Hertfordshire' on the title page of his book entitled The Principles of Protestant Truth and Peace (1683). He graduated MA from ...

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See Blackmore, William

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A. B. Grosart

revised by K. D. Reynolds

Blomfield, Ezekiel (1778–1818), Independent minister and writer, was born on 28 October 1778 at North Walsham, Norfolk. His parents were very poor, and in 1783 he moved with them to Norwich. He read widely, but the book that determined his lifelong studies was ...

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Boddington, George (1646–1719), merchant and Independent lay leader, was born on 15 October 1646, the first surviving son of George Boddington (1611–1671), packer, of St Margaret, Lothbury, London, and Hannah, daughter of Thomas Adams, of Philpot Lane, St Clement, Eastcheap, London. He was educated at various schools in ...

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Bogue, David (1750–1825), Independent minister, was born on 18 February 1750 at Dowlaw, in the parish of Coldingham, Berwickshire, the sixth of the twelve children of John Bogue (bap. 1713, d. 1786), who became laird and farmer at Hallydown, and Margaret Swanston (...

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Boothroyd, Benjamin (1768–1836), Independent minister and Hebrew scholar, was born at Warley, in the parish of Halifax, Yorkshire, on 10 October 1768, the son of a poor shoemaker there. He was sent to the village school, and left it when six years old, able to read the ...

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W. E. A. Axon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Bradberry, David (1735–1803), Independent minister, was born at Reeth, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, on 12 November 1735; nothing is known of his parents. He was a convert of George Whitfield, and in 1759 he began a course of ministerial training at ...

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Thomas Bradbury (1676/77–1759) by John Faber junior, 1749 (after Mary Grace) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bradbury, Thomas (1676/7–1759), Independent minister and religious controversialist, was born at Alverthorpe, near Wakefield, where his father, Peter Bradbury (1639/40–1699), a tailor, was a leading member of a dissenting meeting; his mother was Mary (d. 1723). Peter Nayler, the minister at Alverthorpe...

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Bradford, John (1750–1805), Church of England clergyman and Independent minister, was born at Hereford, the son of John Bradford, a clothier. He was brought up as an Anglican and educated at Hereford grammar school before proceeding to Wadham College, Oxford, whence he matriculated on 25 June 1767 and graduated BA in 1771. After leaving ...

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J. H. Thorpe

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Brewer, Jehoiada (c. 1752–1817), Independent preacher, was probably born in Newport, Monmouthshire. He was apprenticed to a currier at Bristol but, influenced by a minister of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, trained for the ministry at Trevecca College and, upon leaving, took to preaching in the villages around ...