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Alexander Gordon

revised by David Huddleston

Alexander, William Lindsay (1808–1884), Congregational minister, eldest son of William Alexander (1781–1866), wine merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth Lindsay (d. 1848), was born at Leith on 24 August 1808. Having attended Leith high school and a boarding-school at East Linton, he entered ...

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Allen, John (c. 1596–1671), minister in America, was born to unknown parents. He matriculated as a pensioner at Christ's College, Cambridge, in July 1613, graduating BA in 1617 and proceeding MA in 1620 (not, as Venn says, from Gonville and Caius College). He was ordained priest at ...

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Allon, Henry (1818–1892), Congregational minister and leader, was born at Welton, near Hull, on 13 October 1818, the son of William Allon (d. 1878), a builder and later estate steward, and Mary Allon. He followed his father in apprenticeship to a builder in ...

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Henry Allon (1818–1892) by Lock & Whitfield, pubd 1879 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Aveling, Thomas William Baxter (1815–1884), Congregational minister, was born on 11 May 1815 at Castletown in the Isle of Man, the son of a soldier and an Irish mother. He received his theological training at Highbury College from 1834, and in 1838 was appointed to the pastorate of the ...

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J. M. Rigg

revised by J. M. V. Quinn

Barker, Thomas Richard (1799–1870), Congregational minister, born in London on 30 November 1799, was educated at Christ's Hospital (1807–16); he hoped to go on to Cambridge and to be ordained in the Church of England, but his parents, who were strict and conscientious nonconformists, refused their consent. After a time he decided to become an Independent minister, and entered ...

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J. M. Rigg

revised by J. M. V. Quinn

Bayley, Robert Slater (1800/01–1859), Congregational minister, was educated at Highbury College, and took up his first pastorate at Louth, in Lincolnshire, concerning which place he published Notitiae Ludae, or, Notices of Louth in 1834. The following year he took charge of the Howard Street...

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Belden, Albert David (1883–1964), Congregational minister, was born on 17 February 1883 at 109 Great Dover Street, London, the son of William Belden (fl. 1850–1914), boot tree and last manufacturer, and his wife, Hester Evans. He was educated at Wilson's Grammar School, Camberwell...

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Belknap, Jeremy (1744–1798), Congregationalist minister in America and historian, was born on 4 June 1744 in Ann Street, Boston, Massachusetts, the eldest son of Joseph Belknap (d. 1797), a moderately prosperous leather dresser and furrier, and Sarah Byles. A fifth-generation New Englander on his father's side, ...

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W. G. Blaikie

revised by R. Tudur Jones

Bennett, James (1774–1862), Congregational minister, was born in east London on 22 May 1774. His early education there he considered a waste of time and he was set to work with an overbearing tradesman. He moved to Bath and was converted there on 13 August 1792, under Methodist influence. He began to preach in the neighbourhood on 24 December 1792. On 17 October 1793 he entered the academy at ...