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Purves, James (1734–1795), Universalist preacher, was born on 23 September 1734 at Blackadder, Identown (Edington), Berwickshire, the son of a shepherd who died in 1754. After only a quarter of a year at school he was taught writing and arithmetic by his parents. In 1756 he apprenticed himself to his uncle, a wheelwright at ...

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Relly, James (1721/2–1778), Universalist preacher, was born at Jeffreyston, near Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, of unknown parentage. He was educated at Pembroke grammar school and apprenticed as a cow farrier.

The preponderance of English speakers in Pembrokeshire drew George Whitefield, John Wesley, and Moravian preachers to the area. According to surviving accounts ...

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Vidler, William (1758–1816), Universalist minister and Unitarian preacher, was born on 4 May 1758 at Battle, Sussex, the tenth and last child of John Vidler (d. 1780) and Elizabeth Bowling. He was apprenticed to his father, a stonemason, a trade for which, as an asthmatic, he was hardly suited. When ...

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Winchester, Elhanan (1751–1797), Universalist preacher, was born on 30 September 1751 at Brookline, Massachusetts, the first child of Elhanan Winchester (d. 1810), farmer, and Sarah, the first of his three wives. His grandfather, John Winchester (d. 1694), had settled at Hingham...