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Barrington [née Williams or Cromwell], Joan, Lady Barrington (c. 1558–1641), godly matriarch and patron of clergy, was one of the eleven children of Sir Henry Williams (later Cromwell; c.1537–1604) of Hinchingbrooke, Huntingdonshire, and his wife, Joan (d. 1584), daughter of ...

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Baxter [née Foster], Elizabeth [Lizzie] (1837–1926), evangelist, was born on 16 December 1837 at 81 High Street, Evesham, the third daughter of eight children born to Thomas Nelson Foster (1799–1858), a Quaker manufacturer of agricultural fertilizers, and his second wife, Elizabeth Gibbs...

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Baynard, Ann (1672/3–1697), exemplar of godly life, was born at Preston, Lancashire, the only child of Edward Baynard (1641?–1717), physician and poet, and his wife, who was probably Anne, daughter of Robert Rawlinson of Carke, Lancashire. At some point during the following decade the family moved to ...

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Bertie, Richard (1517–1582), landowner and religious evangelical, was the eldest son of Thomas Bertie (d. 1555), of Bearsted, Kent, and his wife, a member of the Say family of Shropshire. In February 1534 he was admitted to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, aged sixteen. Having graduated BA in 1537, he became a probationary fellow of ...

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Bonwicke, Ambrose (1691–1714), nonjuror, eldest son of Ambrose Bonwicke (1652–1722) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Stubbs (d. 1722), was born in the Schoolmaster's house, Merchant Taylors' School, London, on 30 September 1691. He grew up in Headley, Surrey, and in 1703 entered the ...

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Bowdler, John (1746–1823), Church of England layman and religious writer, was born at Bath, Somerset, on 18 March 1746, the eldest son of Thomas Bowdler (bap. 1719, d. 1785) and Elizabeth Stuart Bowdler, née Cotton (d. 1797), religious writer. He was given a strict Anglican religious upbringing by his mother, and at the age of eight was sent to the school kept by ...

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Boyle, George Frederick, sixth earl of Glasgow (1825–1890), Tractarian layman, was born on 9 October 1825, the first of two children of George Boyle, fourth earl of Glasgow (1765–1843), and his second wife, Julia (1796–1868), daughter of Sir John Sinclair, bt, of Ulbster...

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Brettergh [née Bruen], Katherine (1579–1601), exemplar of godly life, was born in February 1579, the daughter of John Bruen (1510–1587), and his wife, Dorothy Holford, at Bruen Stapleford, Cheshire, and was baptized there on 13 February. Only eight years old when her father died, her short life was dominated by her illustrious elder brother, the godly gentleman ...

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Bridgeman [née Parker], Dame Caroline Beatrix, Viscountess Bridgeman (1873–1961), political activist and churchwoman, was born on 30 June 1873, the third of five children and eldest daughter of the Hon. Cecil Thomas Parker (1845–1931), son of the sixth earl of Macclesfield and land agent for the ...

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Brooke [née Colepeper], Elizabeth, Lady Brooke (1602?–1683), exemplar of godly life, was born in Wigsell, Sussex, the daughter of Thomas Colepeper (d. 1613) and his wife, Anne (d. 1602), daughter of Sir Stephen Slaney (1524–1609), alderman of London. Her mother died shortly after her birth and was buried on 26 February 1602, so ...