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Aberhart, William (1878–1943), politician and evangelist in Canada, was born in Hibbert township, near Seaforth, Perth county, Ontario, on 30 December 1878, the son of William Aberhart (who as a child had been brought from Germany) and his wife, Louisa Pepper, the daughter of an Englishman. He was educated at schools in ...

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Agnew, Sir Andrew, seventh baronet (1793–1849), promoter of Sabbatarian legislation, was born at Kinsale, Ireland, on 21 March 1793, into an ancient and distinguished family in Wigtownshire. He was a posthumous son, his father, Andrew Agnew, an army officer, having died on 11 September 1792. His mother, ...

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À Lasco [Laski], John (1499–1560), evangelical reformer, was born in Lask, Poland, the second of three sons and brother to four daughters of Jarslov Laski (d. 1521?), voivode of Sieradz, and Susanna Bak (fl. 1484–1510), daughter of the Bakova-Gora councilman Zbigniew Bak...

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Alesius [formerly Allane or Alan], Alexander (1500–1565), Lutheran theologian and reformer, was born at Edinburgh on 23 April 1500. He is sometimes referred to as Ales, Aless, or Alesse, but the matriculation roll of St Andrews University records his native family name as ...

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Alexander [other married names Umpherston, Currie], Helen (1653/4–1729), covenanter, was born in the parish of Linton, probably in Haddingtonshire. Owing to her mother's early death and her father's remarriage she went to stay with her sister in Dirleton parish, Haddingtonshire. About 1672 she married ...

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Allen, Edmund (1510s–1559), protestant reformer, was born in Norfolk some time in the 1510s. He took his BA at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in 1535, and his MA in 1537. He was ordained deacon in Lincoln diocese in April 1536. In the same year he was elected a fellow of ...

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Alline, Henry (1748–1784), evangelist and hymn writer, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, on 14 June 1748, the second son of William Alline and Rebecca Clark. His father, who was probably a miller, responded to the announcements of free land in Nova Scotia...

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Arthington, Henry (fl. 1569–1609), religious conspirator and writer, was a native of Yorkshire, but nothing is known about his family, education, and upbringing. He claimed to have been an anti-Catholic informer for the council of the north before the northern rising of 1569, and may still have been active in that capacity in the 1580s. He was granted a patent for life by the ...

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Arthur, Thomas (d. 1532/3), religious radical, is of uncertain origins, though he may have belonged to an Arthur family of Wisbech. He studied at Cambridge, graduating in 1513 and proceeding MA in 1516. In 1518 he became a fellow of St John's, and is recorded as principal of ...

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Aster, John (1509/10–1574), Church of England clergyman and religious reformer, was probably the son of John Aster of Calais and Boston, Lincolnshire, staple merchant. The younger John Aster was himself trading as a Calais merchant by 1543. In 1544 he was sent to ...