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Coppe, Abiezer (1619–1672?), Baptist preacher and Ranter, was born on Sunday 30 May 1619, and baptized on 1 June at St Mary's, Warwick, the eldest known child of Walter Coppe (b. 1593, d. in or after 1667), who was probably a literate artisan, perhaps working with animal hides. After the Restoration ...

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Goffe [Gough], Stephen (1605–1681), Roman Catholic priest and royalist agent, was born at Stanmer, Sussex, the son of Stephen Goffe, the puritan inclined rector of the nearby parish of Bramber, and his wife, Deborah, née West or Weston (1586/7–1626). The future regicide William Goffe (d. 1679?)...

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Gostelow [Gorstelow], Walter (bap. 1604, d. 1662?), royalist prophet, was born at Prescott House, Prescote, near Cropredy, Oxfordshire, and baptized at St Mary's Church, Cropredy, on 26 April 1604, the third son and fifth of ten children of Richard Gorstelow (c.1568–1621)...

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Hudson, Michael (1605–1648), Church of England clergyman and royalist agent, was born in Penrith, Cumberland. He went up to Queen's College, Oxford, as 'a poor child', matriculated on 1 February 1622, proceeded BA on 15 February 1626, and took his MA on 29 January 1629. In college he and his brother were friends and contemporaries of the diarist ...

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James, John (d. 1661), Fifth Monarchist and Seventh Day Baptist preacher, was a native of England, born of poor parents, but his birthplace is unknown. He had little education, and was a ribbon weaver by trade. For some years he earned a living as a small-coal man, but was not strong enough for the work and returned to weaving. He appears to have been of weak frame and diminutive stature. He became a preacher to a congregation of Seventh Day Baptists, who met in ...

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Oates, Samuel (bap. 1614, d. 1683), General Baptist preacher and Leveller, was baptized at St Saviour's Church, Norwich, on 26 September 1614, the son of Titus Oates, a Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Anne. He is not to be confused with a namesake, the son of another ...

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Rede, John (1614/1615–1710), Leveller and Baptist leader, was the son of Edward Rede (d. 1635), of Porton, near Idmiston, Wiltshire; details of his mother are unknown. He had three brothers, Edward, Robert, and Charles, and a sister, Jane. Rede's early life is obscure, but he was well educated, for he was subsequently described as 'a man of learning for those times particularly in the Hebrew language' (...

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Wharton, Sir George, first baronet (1617–1681), astrologer and royalist, was born on 4 April 1617 at Strickland, near Kirkby Kendal in Westmorland, the son of George Wharton, a blacksmith and small farmer. He was descended, as Anthony Wood notes, 'from an antient and genteel family' (...

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Sir George Wharton, first baronet (1617–1681) by David Loggan, c. 1663 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wyke, Andrew (fl. 1645–1663), Baptist minister and Ranter, is a man of whom nothing as yet is known of his early life. His name, derived from the Old English word for dwelling or village, was spelled variously as Wyke, Wykes, Wix, and Weeks...