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Aston, Sir Thomas, first baronet (1600–1646), apologist of the Church of England and local politician, was born on 29 September 1600 at Aston near Runcorn, Cheshire, the eldest son of John Aston (d. 1615) and his wife, Maude Needham. The Aston family had a long history of service to the crown and ...

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Sir Thomas Aston, first baronet (1600–1646) by John Souch of Chester, 1635 [Sir Thomas Aston at the Deathbed of his Wife, Magdalene Poultney] photograph courtesy of Manchester City Art Galleries

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Barrington, John Shute, first Viscount Barrington (1678–1734), politician and Christian apologist, born in Theobalds, Hertfordshire, was the third son of Benjamin Shute, a London merchant 'descended from Robert Shute of Hockington in the county of Cambridge, one of the twelve judges in the reign of ...

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Braithwaite, John (bap. 1633, d. c. 1680), Quaker apologist and missionary, was born at Cartmel, Lancashire, and baptized there on 24 March 1633; he was the son of James Braithwaite of Newton, in that parish.

Braithwaite became a Quaker in 1652 after meeting ...

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Constable, Barbara (1617–1684), Benedictine nun and writer, was the eldest of the five surviving children of Sir Philip Constable, first baronet (1595–1664), of Everingham, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and his wife, Anne, née Roper (d. 1644), daughter of Sir William Roper...

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Durel, John [Jean] (1625–1683), Church of England clergyman and apologist, was born in St Helier, Jersey, and baptized at the town church on 18 May 1625, the son of Jean le Vavaseur dit Durel and his wife, Susanne (d. in or after 1680)...

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Eyre, Francis (c. 1732–1804), Roman Catholic apologist, was the younger son and one of five surviving children of Thomas Eyre (1684?–1749), a Roman Catholic landowner of Hassop Hall, Derbyshire, and Eastwell, Leicestershire, and his wife, Mary Holman (d. 1759), daughter and coheir of ...

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Garbett, Edward (1817–1887), Church of England clergyman, journalist, and evangelical apologist, was born at Hereford on 10 December 1817, the sixth son of James Garbett (1775–1857), prebendary of Hereford Cathedral, and brother of James Garbett (1802–1879), archdeacon of Chichester. He was educated at ...

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Gordon, James Edward (1789–1864), politician and protestant propagandist, was born in Scotland (either in Abernethy, near Perth, or in Aberdeen) on 11 March 1789, one of the numerous children of James (Brae) Gordon of Little Folla, factor to the duke of Gordon...

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Gott, John William (1866–1922), freethought propagandist, was born at Cowling, Yorkshire, on 17 January 1866, the son of John Gott (b. 1841/2), farm labourer, and his wife, Mary, née Peel (b. 1842/3), house servant, both of Cowling. Little is known of his childhood. By 1891 he was a self-employed tailor and draper in ...