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A. B. Grosart

revised by M. J. Mercer

Aldridge, William (1737–1797), Independent minister, was born at Warminster, in Wiltshire. He spent his youth in the pursuit of pleasure, but in his twenties he was affected by a passionate desire to be a preacher of the gospel. He joined the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion...

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Bradford, John (1750–1805), Church of England clergyman and Independent minister, was born at Hereford, the son of John Bradford, a clothier. He was brought up as an Anglican and educated at Hereford grammar school before proceeding to Wadham College, Oxford, whence he matriculated on 25 June 1767 and graduated BA in 1771. After leaving ...

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J. H. Thorpe

revised by M. J. Mercer

Brewer, Jehoiada (c. 1752–1817), Independent preacher, was probably born in Newport, Monmouthshire. He was apprenticed to a currier at Bristol but, influenced by a minister of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, trained for the ministry at Trevecca College and, upon leaving, took to preaching in the villages around ...

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Carpenter, Emily Ann (1834–1933), college head, was born at Newington, London, the daughter of Joseph Carpenter and his wife, Sarah. She was baptized on 28 October 1836 at Lady Huntingdon's Surrey Chapel, Blackfriars Road, Southwark. Nothing is known of her early life. In 1880 she raised money for the ...

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W. E. A. Axon

revised by Alan Argent

Clayton, John (1754–1843), Congregational minister, was born at Wood End Farm, Clayton Green, near Chorley, Lancashire, on 5 October 1754. He was the only son of George Clayton (bap. 1711), a bleacher of cotton and calicoes, and his wife, Alice Fowler; he had nine elder sisters. He was educated at ...

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Figgis, (John) Neville (1866–1919), political theorist and theologian, was born at Brighton on 2 October 1866, the elder of the two sons of John Bradley Figgis (1837–1916), minister and chairman of the trustees of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, and his wife, Harriett Webb...

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(John) Neville Figgis (1866–1919) by unknown photographer [detail] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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J. M. Rigg

revised by Timothy C. F. Stunt

Garrett, Jeremiah Learnoult (1764–1806?), dissenting minister, was born at Horsleydown, in the Borough, Southwark, near the Old Stairs, on 29 February 1764. His parents were boat builders, respectable people, but by no means evangelically religious. The evangelical habit of mind, however, showed itself early in ...

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Gill, (Arthur) Eric Rowton (1882–1940), artist, craftsman, and social critic, was born at 32 Hamilton Road, Brighton, Sussex, on 22 February 1882, the eldest son and second of the thirteen children of the Revd Arthur Tidman Gill (1848–1933), minister of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion...

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(Arthur) Eric Rowton Gill (1882–1940) self-portrait, 1927 © courtesy the Artist's Estate / Bridgeman Art Library; Art Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin