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Abbot, George (1562–1633), archbishop of Canterbury, was born on 29 October 1562 in the parish of St Nicholas, Guildford, Surrey, the fourth of six sons of Maurice Abbot (1519/20–1606), shearman (clothworker), and Alice, née Marsh or March (1525/6–1606). His parents were committed protestants who, according to ...

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George Abbot (1562–1633) after unknown artist, 1623 [copy] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Richard Bancroft (bap. 1544, d. 1610) by unknown artist, c. 1600 private collection. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Bancroft, Richard (bap. 1544, d. 1610), archbishop of Canterbury, was baptized at Prescot, Farnworth, Lancashire, on 12 September 1544. He was the second son of John Bancroft, gentleman, and his wife, Mary, daughter of James Curwen and niece of Hugh Curwen (c...

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Edward White Benson (1829–1896) by Sir Hubert von Herkomer, 1890 reproduced by kind permission of His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Church Commissioners. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Benson, Edward White (1829–1896), archbishop of Canterbury, was born on 14 July 1829 at 72 Lombard Street, Birmingham, the eldest of the eight children of Edward White Benson (1800–1843), chemical engineer and manufacturer, and his wife, Harriet Baker (d. 1850). His father was a strong evangelical with ...

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Blackburne, Lancelot (1658–1743), archbishop of York, was born on 10 December 1658 in London, the son of Richard Blackburne, a gentleman of London, and the brother of Richard Blackburne. He was educated at Westminster School, which he entered as a king's scholar in 1671. On leaving ...

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Lancelot Blackburne (1658–1743) by Isaac Seeman, 1726 by kind permission of the Archbishop of York and the Church Commissioners

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Blanch, Stuart Yarworth, Baron Blanch (1918–1994), archbishop of York, was born at Viney Hill Farm, Blakeney, Gloucestershire, in the Forest of Dean, on 2 February 1918, by eleven years the youngest of three sons of William Edwin Blanch (1870–1923), farmer, and his wife, ...

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Stuart Yarworth Blanch, Baron Blanch (1918–1994) by Anne-Katrin Purkiss, 1988 © Anne-Katrin Purkiss; collection National Portrait Gallery, London