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Abbot, John (1587/8–c. 1650), Roman Catholic priest and poet, is of unknown parentage and is variously recorded as 'of London' and 'of Leicester'. He was born a protestant, and was reputedly a nephew of George Abbot, who became archbishop of ...

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Abell, Thomas (d. 1540), Roman Catholic priest and martyr, is of obscure origins. He was in priest's orders by May 1513. Nothing else is known about his early life beyond his studies at Oxford, where he determined as a BA in 1514, and proceeded MA in 1518. In 1522 he was admitted to the rectory of ...

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Abingdon, Henry (d. 1437), ecclesiastic and college head, probably came from Abingdon in Berkshire. He was first elected a fellow of Merton in 1390 and spent most of his later career either there or fulfilling his residential duties as a canon of Wells...

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Abingdon, Robert of [Robert Rich] (d. 1243), ecclesiastic and supposed hagiographer, was the younger brother of Edmund of Abingdon and his assistant in the administration of the diocese and province of Canterbury. He was the second son of Reginald the Rich and Mabel of Abingdon...

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Achilli, (Giovanni) Giacinto (b. c. 1803), Dominican priest, anti-Catholic polemicist, and seducer, was born in the village of Celleno, 18 miles from Viterbo, then in the Papal States. He joined the Dominican order in 1819, studied at the convent of the Minerva in ...

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(Giovanni) Giacinto Achilli (b. c. 1803) by unknown engraver, pubd 1850 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alfield, Thomas (1552–1585), Roman Catholic priest and martyr, was born in Gloucester, the son of Robert Alfield (b. c.1514), who was a fellow of King's College, Cambridge, between 1535 and about 1539, and a master at Eton College and Gloucester School...

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Alleyne [Allyn], Thomas (c. 1488–1558), clergyman and benefactor, was probably a native of Sudbury, Staffordshire, where he later made provision for the commemoration of his parents. A suggestion that he originated in the diocese of Salisbury and studied at Oxford seems to be without foundation. His father's name was most probably ...

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Allott, William (d. 1587), Roman Catholic priest, was a native of Lincolnshire and educated at Cambridge, but did not proceed to a degree. With the change in religious policy after the accession of Queen Elizabeth he withdrew to the continent. In April 1567 he matriculated at ...

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Anlaby, William (c. 1552–1597), Roman Catholic priest and martyr, was a native of Etton in the East Riding of Yorkshire; he was the second son of John Anlaby of Etton and Dorothy, daughter of John Anne of Frickley, Yorkshire. He matriculated as a Dowman scholar at ...