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Barclay, John (1733–1798), Church of Scotland minister and founder of the Berean church, was born in Muthill, Perthshire, in March 1733, the son of Ludovick Barclay, a farmer and miller, and his wife, Martha MacInnes. He proceeded from the village school to the ...

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Barclay, Oliver Rainsford (1919–2013), zoologist and evangelical society administrator, was born in Kobe, Japan, on 22 February 1919, the son of Joseph Gurney Barclay (1879–1976) and his second wife, Gwendoline Rose, née Watney (1885–1976). His family connections included prominent Quakers and Anglicans employed in banking and evangelical missions, notably the ...

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Brayne, John (d. 1654), clergyman and Seeker, was settled by parliament as minister of St John's, in the Soke, Winchester, from the late 1640s until his death. His fame rests on the flurry of tracts he published in his last years, and little is known of his background. He may have come from ...

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Dowie, John Alexander (1847–1907), faith healer and leader of a religious group, was born in Leith Street Terrace, Edinburgh, on 25 May 1847, the son of John Dowie, a breeches maker, and his wife, Ann Macfarlan. At a school in Arthur Street, Edinburgh...

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Gibb, John (d. 1720?), founder of the Sweet Singers or Gibbite sect, was born and raised in Borrowstounness (modern day Bo'ness) in Linlithgowshire, Scotland. There he learned to sail, and was in time appointed to be the purser and master of the merchantman ...

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Jeffreys, George (1889–1962), revivalist and founder of the Elim Pentecostal church, was born at 24 Metcalfe Street, Maesteg, Glamorgan, south Wales, on 28 February 1889. His father, Thomas Jeffreys (d. 1895), was a coalminer who, with his wife, Keziah, née Brown, daughter of a Baptist minister, had eight sons of whom five died young. The family attended ...

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Jezreel, James Jershom (1848x51–1885), founder of the Jezreelites, enlisted in the army on 27 July 1875, at Westminster, as James Rowland White, aged twenty-four, the son of a warehouse superintendent. Six days later he joined the 2nd battalion of the 16th regiment of foot...

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Kelly, Thomas (1769–1855), hymn writer and founder of the Kellyites, was born at Kellyville, Queen's county, on 13 July 1769, the only son of Thomas (d. 1809), the Rt Hon. Chief Baron Kelly of Kellyville, Queen's county, justice of the Irish court of common pleas...

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Lewis, John (d. 1672), religious polemicist and magistrate, was born probably at Cwm-Owen, Llangrannog, Cardiganshire. He was the eldest son of James Lewis (d. 1658/9) and his first wife, Mary, née Lloyd, daughter and heiress of Edward Morgan David Lloyd of Glasgrug...

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Lindsay, Colin (1819–1892), founder of the English Church Union and Roman Catholic convert, born at Muncaster Castle, Cumberland, on 6 December 1819, was the fourth son of James Lindsay, twenty-fourth earl of Crawford and seventh earl of Balcarres (1783–1869), and his wife, Margaret Maria Frances (1783–1850)...

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Morison, James (1816–1893), United Secession minister and a founder of the Evangelical Union, was born at the Secession manse at Bathgate, Linlithgowshire, on 14 February 1816, one of three children of Robert Morison (1782–1855), a minister in the Secession church, and his wife, ...

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Nicholls, Henry (1612/13–1670), Church of England clergyman and Independent minister, was born probably in Cowbridge, in the Vale of Glamorgan. The surname Nicholls, with many variant spellings, was common in that district, and he may have been related to the gentry family of ...

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Niclaes, Hendrik [Henry Nicholas] (1502–c. 1580), founder of the Family of Love, was born on 10 January 1502. His birthplace cannot be identified, but the language in which he wrote, Western Low German, indicates the area of the present German–Dutch border extending from ...

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Prince, Henry James (1811–1899), founder of the Agapemonites, was the youngest son of Thomas Prince (1745–1816), a West Indian plantation owner, formerly of Liverpool, and his wife, Mary Ann, née Stevens (1775–1847). Henry was born on 13 January 1811 at 5 Widcombe Crescent, Bath, Somerset...

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Roach, Richard [name in religion Onesimus] (1662–1730), Church of England clergyman and Philadelphian, son of Thomas and Anne Roach, was born in London on 18 July 1662 and baptized on the same day at St Gabriel Fenchurch. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, London...

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Shore, James (1805–1874), founder of the Free Church of England, was born on 31 July 1805 in Haselbury Plucknett, Somerset, the third son of Thomas Shore (c.1776–1833), merchant, of Nottington, Broadway, Dorset, and his wife, Frances (c.1776–1828).

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Thompson, Samuel (1766–1837), a founder of the Freethinking Christians, born in Aldgate, London, on 7 June 1766, was the son of Samuel King Thompson, victualler, of the Bell, Church Row, Houndsditch, and his wife, Catherine. He was educated at Christ's Hospital (1774–80), after which he was apprenticed to a watchmaker in ...

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Trevor, John (1855–1930), founder of the Labour church, was born on 7 October 1855 in Liverpool, the younger child and only son of Frederick Francis Trevor, linen draper, and his wife, Harriet, the daughter of John Cripps of Wisbech, a small grocer and linen draper. By the age of nine, he was an orphan; ...

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Walker, John (1769–1833), founder of the Church of God and classical scholar, was born in co. Roscommon, the son of Matthew Walker, a Church of Ireland clergyman. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, on 18 January 1786, was chosen a scholar in 1788, graduated BA in 1790, was elected a fellow in 1791, and proceeded MA in 1796, and BD in 1800....