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Bedford, Arthur (bap. 1668, d. 1745), Church of England clergyman and moral reformer, was baptized on 8 September 1668 at Tiddenham, Gloucestershire, the son of Richard Bedford, who was himself a Church of England clergyman. He was educated in 'grammar learning' (Bodl. Oxf., MS Rawl. J, fol. 2, fol. 160...

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Begbie, (Edward) Harold (1871–1929), journalist, Salvationist, and political and social reformer, was born at Fornham St Martin, Suffolk, on 24 June 1871, the fifth son in a family of seven sons and four daughters of the Revd Mars Hamilton Begbie (...

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Burnet, Gilbert (1690–1726), writer on religious and moral subjects, was born in Salisbury on 15 November 1690, the second son of Gilbert Burnet, bishop of Salisbury (1643–1715) and his second wife, Mary Scott (1659/60–1698). William Burnet (1688–1729) and Sir Thomas Burnet (1694–1753) were his brothers. His mother, who was Dutch, of Scottish ancestry, died on a visit to ...

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Coit, Stanton George (1857–1944), ethical reformer, was born on 11 August 1857 in Columbus, Ohio, the fourth of the eight children of Harvey Coit and Elizabeth Greer. He was educated at Amherst College, Massachusetts, where he graduated in 1879. Rejecting both his mother's spiritualism and conventional theocratic Christianity, he joined the ...

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Conway, Moncure Daniel (1832–1907), social reformer and ethical preacher, was born on 17 March 1832 at Middleton plantation, Stafford county, Virginia, the second of the six children of Walker Peyton Conway (1805–1884), a slave-owning planter, attorney, and judge, and his wife, Margaret (1807–1891)...

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Moncure Daniel Conway (1832–1907) by Debenham & Gabell © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cooper, Emmanuel (1938–2012), potter, writer on craft and the arts, and advocate of gay rights, was born on 12 December 1938 at 10 Market Place, Pilsley, a coalmining village in Derbyshire, the fourth of five children (three boys and two girls) of Fred Cooper (1904–1960)...

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Coote, William Alexander (1842–1919), moral reform campaigner, was born at 10 Norfolk Street, Strand, London, on 24 December 1842, son of William Coote (d. 1845/6), painter (originally of Queen's county, Ireland), and his wife, Mary Ann, née Forbes. His father died when he was three years old: the loss of status and material comfort that resulted, he was to recall, 'was indelibly carved on my mind', though he also noted that, 'with the ease of childhood I forgot my troubles, and soon adopted the ways and some of the habits of the boys of the neighbourhood' (...

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Deverell, Mary (d. 1805), moral and religious writer, was born probably at Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire. She described herself as 'a person of obscure and undistinguished rank' (Deverell, Sermons, 3rd edn, iv) and may have come from a clothing family. She was possibly related to the family of ...

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Disney, John (1677–1730), Church of England clergyman and moral reformer, was born at Lincoln on 26 December 1677, the son of Daniel Disney (1656–1734) of Swinderbury and his wife, Catherine Fynes (d. 1690). None of his four brothers and four sisters survived childhood. He was educated at grammar school and at a dissenting academy in ...