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Bedford, Hilkiah (1663–1724), bishop of the nonjuring Church of England, was born on 23 July 1663 in Hosier Lane, near West Smithfield, London, where his father, also Hilkiah (b. 1632), was a mathematical instrument maker. The family originally came from Sibsey, near ...

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Blackbourne, John (1683–1741), bishop of the nonjuring Church of England, was the son of Thomas Blackbourne. He was educated at a school in Audley, Cheshire, and from May 1697 at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1701 and MA in 1705. His refusal to recognize the revolutionary settlement and to swear an oath of allegiance to ...

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Brett, Thomas (1667–1744), bishop of the nonjuring Church of England, was born on 3 September 1667 at Betteshanger, near Sandwich, Kent, the son of Thomas Brett (1640–1695) and Letitia Boys (1644–1731). He was educated at the Wye grammar school, under John Paris and ...

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Collier, Jeremy (1650–1726), anti-theatrical polemicist and bishop of the nonjuring Church of England, was born on 23 September 1650 at Stow-cum-Quy, Cambridgeshire, son of Jeremy Collier, a fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, under the Commonwealth, and at the time of Collier's birth master of ...

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Jeremy Collier (1650–1726) by William Faithorne the younger (after Edmond Lilly) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Deacon, Thomas (1697–1753), bishop of the nonjuring Church of England and physician, was born on 2 September 1697 at Stepney, Middlesex, the son of William Deacon (d. 1706), a mariner, and his wife, Cecelia (fl. 1697–1733). Lacking a university education, by early adulthood he had become an accomplished writer and had mastered Greek, Latin, French, and possibly Hebrew. The nonjuror ...

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Gandy, Henry (bap. 1649, d. 1734), bishop of the nonjuring Church of England, was baptized at St Paul's, Exeter, on 23 September 1649, the son of John Gandy (1604/5–1672). His father, vicar of South Brent in Devon, had been ejected from his living and suffered a period of imprisonment in 1644; from 1652 he held the living of ...

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Gordon, Robert (bap. 1703, d. 1779), Jacobite sympathizer and the last bishop of the nonjuring Church of England, was born in Wolsingham, co. Durham, and baptized there at the parish church of St Mary and St Stephen on 21 October 1703. He was the only son of ...

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George Hickes (1642–1715) by Robert White, 1703 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hickes, George (1642–1715), bishop of the nonjuring Church of England and antiquary, was born at Moorhouse, Newsham, in the parish of Kirby Wiske near Thirsk in Yorkshire, on 20 June 1642, the second son of William Hickes, originally of Ness in the parish of ...