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Abbott, Eric Symes (1906–1983), dean of Westminster, was born on 26 May 1906 at Nottingham, the younger son and second of three children of William Henry Abbott, schoolteacher, and his wife, Mary Symes, also a teacher. A Dame Agnes Mellor scholar at Nottingham high school...

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Eric Symes Abbott (1906–1983) by Walter Bird, 1966 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Addison, Lancelot (1632–1703), dean of Lichfield, was born at Meaburn Town Head, Maulds Meaburn, in the parish of Crosby Ravensworth in Westmorland, where the family had been resident since the days of Henry III. He was baptized at Crosby Ravensworth on 4 March 1632. His father, ...

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Aldrich, Henry (1648–1710), dean of Christ Church, Oxford, was born at Westminster on 15 January 1648 and baptized on 22 January 1648 at St Margaret's, Westminster, the eldest son of Henry Aldrich (d. 1683) and his wife, Judith Francis. After the Restoration, ...

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Henry Aldrich (1648–1710) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1696 Christ Church, Oxford

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Alford, Henry (1810–1871), dean of Canterbury and biblical scholar, was born at 25 Alfred Place, Bedford Square, London, on 10 October 1810, the son of the Revd Henry Alford (1782–1852), an evangelical and the son and grandson of evangelical clergy, and his first wife, ...

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Henry Alford (1810–1871) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alington, Cyril Argentine (1872–1955), headmaster and dean of Durham, was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, on 22 October 1872, the second son of the Revd Henry Giles Alington (1837–1928), an inspector of schools, and his wife, Jane Margaret Booth (d. 1910). In 1886 he went with classical scholarships to ...

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Annand, William (1633–1689), dean of Edinburgh, was born at Ayr, the son of William Annand (d. 1661×3), minister there, and his wife, Margaret Lindsay of south Leith. His father, having been assaulted by some women in Glasgow for preaching in support of the Scottish book of prayer in 1637, fled his charge even before his deposition by the ...

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Appleby, John (d. 1389), dean of St Paul's, London, and diplomat, exemplifies at once the excesses of careerism and the intellectual sophistication that characterized the upper ranks of the fourteenth-century English church. He was a native of Appleby, Westmorland, and the north of ...