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Aurelius, Abraham (1574x6–1631), Reformed minister, was born in London, the son of Giovanni Battista Aureli (c.1540–1596), better known as Jean-Baptiste Aurelius, a Calvinist divine from Calabria, Italy, and minister to the Italian refugee church in London from 1570, and his wife, ...

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Baro, Peter (1534–1599), Reformed minister and religious controversialist, was born at Étampes (Seine-et-Oise), France, the son of Étienne Baron and his wife, Philippe Petit; in his autobiographical notes Peter says he was one of many children, first mentioning brothers Jean and Florent, so he was perhaps the third to survive. The family is believed to have belonged to the rich ...

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Baudouin, Nicolas (1525/6–1613), Reformed minister, was a native of Rouen, Normandy. Like many of his Huguenot compatriots, he fled to Geneva, signing the Livre des habitants on 14 April 1559. He moved on within the year, when the Company of Pastors sent him to ...

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Bertheau, Charles (1660–1732), Reformed minister, was born at Montpellier and educated partly in France and partly in the Netherlands. He was admitted to the ministry at the synod held at Vigan in 1681, and shortly afterwards became one of the pastors of the large church of ...

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Calandrini, Cesar (1595–1665), Reformed minister, was born in Stade, in Germany, on 6 February 1595, the son of Giovanni Calandrini (b. c.1542, d. after 1607) and his first wife, Marie, daughter of Jean de Maistres, a wealthy Antwerp merchant. His father, who belonged to an influential Calvinist family of Italian origin, had fled ...

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Cameron, John (1579/80–1625), Reformed minister and theologian, was born in Glasgow; nothing certain is known of his parents except that his father was a burgess of the city. In 1595 he entered the University of Glasgow at the age of fifteen to study arts and philosophy and supported himself through the four-year course by performing menial tasks in return for a bursary of ...

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Cappel, Aaron (1560–1620), Reformed minister, was born on 9 October 1560 in London, the son of Anthoine Cappel, an immigrant silkweaver who had arrived from Antwerp in 1559, and who went on to be one of the first and longest-serving elders of the French church of ...

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Thomas Cawton (1605–1659) by unknown engraver, pubd 1662 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cawton, Thomas (1605–1659), Reformed minister, was born at Rainham, Norfolk, of poor parents. Sir Roger Townshend became his patron and sent him to Queens' College, Cambridge, from where he matriculated in 1626, graduated BA in 1630, and proceeded MA in 1633. He was noted at the university for both his learning and his austere piety, which 'was so generally observed in the College, that it grew almost a proverb … that such and such a youth was poisoned by ...

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Cousin, Jean (d. 1574), Reformed minister, was born in Flanders, possibly at Lille. He was a student at Lausanne between 1545 and 1546 and a 'pensionnaire de MM de Berne' (Kennedy, 330), although he was also in Geneva for some of that time. Known as ...

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D'Arande, Elié (1568–1633), Reformed minister, was born, as his will reveals, on 8 May 1568 in or near Lausanne in the Pays de Vaud, Switzerland, of a noble and probably immigrant family: both his parents and grandparents were protestants and he was brought up in the Reformed church 'of the realme of ...

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Delaune, William [formerly Guillaume de Laune] (c. 1530–1611), Reformed minister and physician, was born at ‘Bellenewell’, near Dieppe, but little else is known about his background. In 1582 he said that he was aged fifty-two. He studied medicine for eight years at ...

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Despagne [D'Espagne], Jean [John] (1591–1659), Reformed minister and theologian, was born in Mizoën, Dauphiné, France, one of several children of Henri D'Espagne (d. in or after 1626), protestant pastor there and subsequently at Bourg d'Oisans. His will placed the beginning of his ministerial career about 1611, but he seems to have been ordained in 1617. His first charge was at ...

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Du Moulin, Pierre (1568–1658), Reformed minister and religious controversialist, was born in the Château de Buhy in north-east Normandy, France, the eldest of three sons of Joachim Du Moulin, seigneur de Lorme Grigny (c.1538–c.1618), pastor in the Reformed church in the ...

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Dubourdieu, Isaac (1597?–1700?), Reformed minister, was the son of Pierre Dubourdieu, governor of the château of Bergerac, from a family originating in Béarn, in the kingdom of Navarre. About 1620 he married into a noble family called Le Valet or La Valade...

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Durand, David (1680–1763), Reformed minister and historian, was born at Sommières in Languedoc and studied for the ministry at Basel. Thence he went to the Netherlands, and accompanied a corps of French refugees to Spain. Taken prisoner at the battle of Almanza in 1707, he would have been burnt alive by some peasants but for the intervention of the ...

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Florio, Michael Angelo (d. 1566x71), Reformed minister, author, and translator, was probably born in Florence or Siena, into a family of converted Jews. He joined the Franciscan conventual order under the name Paolo Antonio, but about 1541 converted to the reform movement, and started a wandering career as a preacher in several Italian cities. In 1548 he was arrested, tortured, and detained in ...

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Fontaine, Jacques [James] (1658–1728), Reformed minister and diarist, was born on 7 April 1658 at Jenouillé, near Pons, in Charente, France, the tenth and youngest child, and fourth son, of Jacques Fontaine (1603–1666), Reformed minister at Vaux and Royon, and the fifth child of his father's second marriage, to ...