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Abel, Charles William (1862–1930), missionary, was born at 509 Oxford Street, Bloomsbury, London, on 25 September 1862, the youngest of three sons of William Edward Abel, a cashier at Mudie's Circulating Library, and his wife, Harriett Agnes, née Dobson. He was brought up in his parents' Congregational faith. After an education at ...

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Adalbert [St Adalbert, Adalbert Levita] (supp. fl. early 8th cent.), missionary, is associated with Willibrord and venerated at Egmont, near Alkmaar in the Netherlands. He makes his earliest appearance in a life written between 978 and 993 by monks of the monastery of ...

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Áedán [St Áedán, Aidan] (d. 651), missionary and bishop, was an Irish monk of Iona. All that is known about him comes from Bede's Historia ecclesiastica, completed in 731. King Oswald of the Northumbrians (r. 634–42) converted to Christianity while in exile from ...

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Allen, Roland (1868–1947), missionary and theologian, was born at 104 Friargate, Derby, on 29 December 1868, third son in the family of five sons and two daughters of Charles Fletcher Allen (1835–1873), curate and schoolmaster, and his wife, Priscilla, née Malpas (1839–1935). Of his brothers, ...

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Anderson, Sir (James) Norman Dalrymple (1908–1994), missionary, jurist, and writer on religion, was born on 29 September 1908 at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, the second son and last of the four children of William Dalrymple Anderson (d. 1946), grain merchant, and his wife, Lilian Maud, ...

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Anderson, John (1805–1855), missionary in India, was born on 23 May 1805 at Craig Farm, in the parish of Kirkpatrick-Durham, Kirkcudbrightshire, and was the eldest son among nine children. His father was blind and his upbringing a difficult one. He was educated at the parish school before going on to ...

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Angas, William Henry (1781–1832), mariner and missionary, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 6 October 1781, the son of Caleb Angas, a successful coach manufacturer, merchant, and shipowner. Angas was descended from a branch of the Scottish clan Angus, which had long since settled in ...

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Arnot, Frederick Stanley (1858–1914), missionary in Africa, was born on 12 September 1858 at his parents' home, 8 Byrnbank Terrace, Glasgow, the son of William Arnot, a merchant, and Elizabeth Helen, née Macdonald. The family moved to Hamilton in 1864, where Frederick became a playmate of ...

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Arthur, John William (1881–1952), missionary and physician, was born on 23 April 1881 in Glasgow, son of John William Arthur (1848–1921), a calico printer, and Margaret Dennistoun Sloan (1846–1917), daughter of David Sloan, a Glasgow businessman. He grew up in an atmosphere of warm evangelical piety. Already at the age of twelve he determined to be a missionary and chose to study medicine with that in mind. ...

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Arthur, William (1819–1901), missionary, was born on 3 February 1819 at Glendun, Antrim, the son of James Arthur, whose ancestors came from counties Limerick and Clare, and his wife, Margaret Kennedy, who was of Scottish and Ulster descent. He grew up in Kells, Antrim...