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Bishop, George (d. 1668), government official and religious writer, was born in Bristol, probably the son of Thomas Bishop, brewer, who became a freeman of the city in 1612. A local and London administrator as well as a New Model Army captain during the civil wars, ...

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Clay, John (1796–1858), prison chaplain, was born in Liverpool on 10 May 1796, the fifth son of Thomas Clay (d. 1821), ship- and anchorsmith, and his wife, Mary Lowe. He was a sickly child and was seen by the family as having learning difficulties. He was sent to ...

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Deane, Richard (fl. 1647–1661), government official and Baptist preacher, came from a Gloucestershire family and was a cousin of Richard Deane (bap. 1610, d. 1653), regicide and general-at-sea, but his parentage is unknown. Deane served as a captain of foot in Robert Lilburne's...

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Hill, Oliver (b. 1630?, d. after 1702), theologian and government agent, may be the son of Adam Hill of Huntingdonshire, admitted pensioner, aged eighteen, at St John's College, Cambridge, on 23 October 1648. He was an acquaintance of Robert Boyle, whose contacts extended to men of extreme religious positions, and of ...

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Layton, Richard (c. 1498–1544), dean of York and agent in the suppression of the monasteries, was probably born in the late 1490s at Dalemain in Cumberland, and is said to have been one of thirty-three children of William Layton. He was related to ...

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Morrison, William Douglas (1852–1943), criminologist and prison chaplain, was born at Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, on 15 May 1852, the son of Robert Southmuir Morrison, a merchant, and Ann Donald-William. Educated at nearby Trinity College, Glenalmond, he was ordained deacon in 1877 and priest in 1878 by the bishop of ...

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Purney, Thomas (1695–1730?), poet and prison chaplain, was born on 1 August 1695. His parents have not been identified. Perhaps he was related to a family of Purneys in Buckinghamshire, but his poems hint that he spent his childhood in Kent. After two years at ...