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Gainsborough, Humphrey (bap. 1718, d. 1776), Independent minister and engineer, was born in Sudbury, Suffolk, where he was baptized at the Independent meeting-house in Friars Street on 13 April 1718. He was the third son and fifth child of the publican, clothier, and postmaster ...

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Hildeyard, Thomas (1690–1746), Jesuit and engineer, was born in London on 3 March 1690 into a family long established in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. He was educated at the English College at St Omer (1702–7), entered the Society of Jesus on 7 September 1707, and was professed of the four vows on 2 February 1725. He was ordained priest about 1716. After teaching philosophy, theology, and mathematics at ...

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Stirling, Robert (1790–1878), Church of Scotland minister and inventor of a hot-air engine, was born on 25 October 1790 in the parish of Methven, Perthshire, the son of Peter Stirling, farmer at Cloag. He studied at the University of Edinburgh (1805–6) and was licensed to preach by the presbytery of ...

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Tyrrell, George Nugent Merle (1879–1952), psychical researcher and engineer, was born at Weymouth Road, Frome, Somerset, on 23 March 1879, the son of Nugent Tyrrell, a railway engineer, and Margery Athol Back, his wife. Tyrrell was educated at Haileybury School (briefly), Seafield Engineering College...

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Winn, Rowland George Allanson Allanson-, fifth Baron Headley (1855–1935), civil engineer and convert to Islam, was born on 19 January 1855 in London, the only son in the family of four children of the Hon. Rowland Allanson-Winn (1816–1888) and his wife, Margaretta Stephana (...

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Rowland George Allanson Allanson- Winn, fifth Baron Headley (1855–1935) by Bassano, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London