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Cennick, John (1718–1755), lay preacher and Moravian minister, was born in Reading on 12 December 1718, the son of a clothier who was of Quaker descent. Brought up in the established church, he experienced an evangelical conversion on 6 September 1737 in his parish church in ...

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John Cennick (1718–1755) by Philip Dawe, pubd 1785 (after A. L. Brandt) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Delamotte, William (1718–1743), Moravian evangelist, born on 11 June 1718 in Greenwich, Kent, was the fourth of five surviving children (out of thirteen) of Peter Delamotte (d. 1749), a sugar merchant and JP, and his wife, Elizabeth (1685–1771). His brother Charles (1714–1796)...

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John Gambold (1711–1771) by Jonathan Spilsbury, pubd 1771 (after Abraham Louis Brandt) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gambold, John (1711–1771), bishop of the Moravian church, was born on 10 April 1711 at the rectory, Puncheston, Pembrokeshire, the eldest of the five children of William Gambold (1672–1728), rector of Puncheston with Llanychâr, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1744). Initially educated by his father, he entered ...

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Holland, William (1711–1761), Moravian leader, was born on 16 January 1711 in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, a son of Nicholas Holland. In March 1725 he was apprenticed to a relation in London, a house-painter. After completing his apprenticeship Holland returned to Wales to visit his relations, but when his former master died he moved back to ...

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Holmes, John Beck [formerly Johanes Holm] (1767–1843), Moravian bishop, was born at Copenhagen on 3 November 1767. In 1780 he was sent to the academy at Nisky in Silesia, and subsequently attended the Moravian Academy at Barby in Wittenberg. In 1791 he was appointed a teacher at the ...

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James Hutton (1715–1795) by John Raphael Smith, pubd 1786 (after Richard Cosway) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hutton, James (1715–1795), Moravian minister and bookseller, was born on 3 September 1715 in College Street, Westminster, the son of John Hutton (bap. 1676, d. 1750), a nonjuring clergyman who took in Westminster School boarders, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Ayscough (...

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La Trobe, Benjamin (1728–1786), Moravian leader, was born on 10 April 1728 in Dublin, the only surviving child of James La Trobe (1700–1752), a merchant of Huguenot descent, and his first wife, Elizabeth Thornton (d. 1744). Raised with the intention that he should enter the Baptist ministry, ...