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Adis, Henry (fl. 1641/2–1663), General Baptist leader and writer, was in 1648 a prisoner in the Tower Chamber of the Fleet prison, 'in the seventh year of the Author's Oppression, being the 8th year of this Parliament's Reformation' (Adis, A Spie, title-page...

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Barber, Edward (d. 1663), General Baptist preacher, was a son of William Barber (d. in or before 1611), yeoman of Sherborne, Somerset. In July 1611 he was apprenticed in London's Merchant Taylors' Company and gained his freedom in August 1620. Barber set up trade as a cloth drawer and by 1624 had married ...

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Brown [Browne], James (b. 1615/16), General Baptist minister, was born in Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire, the son of Thomas Brown; the identity of his mother is not known. He matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford, on 24 April 1635 aged nineteen and graduated BA on 7 April 1638. He was ordained and served as the vicar of ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Bulkley, Charles (1719–1797), General Baptist minister, was born in London on 18 October 1719, the fourth son of Thomas Bulkley, silk merchant in Ludgate Street, London, and his wife, Esther Henry (b. 1694), the daughter of Matthew Henry, the biblical commentator, and his second wife, ...

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Arthur H. Grant

revised by Rosemary Chadwick

Burns, Jabez (1805–1876), General Baptist minister, was born on 18 December 1805 at Oldham, Lancashire, where his father, Joseph, was a chemist. He was educated at a school at Chester and at the grammar school in Oldham, which he left in 1820 to become a draper's assistant in ...

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Caffyn, Matthew (bap. 1628, d. 1714), General Baptist minister, was baptized on 26 October 1628 at Horsham, Sussex, the seventh son of a yeoman farmer, Thomas Caffin (d. before 1653), and his wife, Elizabeth. Lord Onslow of Wisborough Green adopted Matthew as a companion for his only son, ...

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Chillenden, Edmund (fl. 1631–1678), parliamentarian army officer and General Baptist leader, was the son of William Chillenden, yeoman, of Faversham, Kent. His father had died by the time he was bound to the Merchant Taylors' Company of London in February 1631. He gained his freedom of the company in March 1637 and worked for his former master as a button-seller living in ...

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Clifford, John (1836–1923), minister of the New Connexion of General Baptists, was born at Sawley, Derbyshire, on 16 October 1836, the eldest of the seven children of Samuel Clifford, a warp-machine worker, and his wife, née Mary Stenson. His father's family were Methodists and his mother's family were Baptists, three of his uncles being Baptist preachers. He went to Baptist schools in ...

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John Clifford (1836–1923) by George Charles Beresford © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Danvers, Henry (b. in or before 1619, d. 1687/8), General Baptist preacher and radical, was born at Swithland, Leicestershire, the second son of William Danvers (d. 1656), gentleman, and his wife, Elizabeth. A notation on the title-page of his The Mystery of Magistracy Unvailed...