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Bowes, John (1804–1874), preacher and author, was born on 12 June 1804 in Swineside, Coverham parish, Yorkshire, the son of a farmer. Bowes joined the Wesleyan Methodists in 1817 but, while working for a brewer in Leyburn, he transferred to the Primitive Methodists because of their revivalist successes, becoming a circuit preacher in 1822. He married ...

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Smedley, John (1803–1874), hydropathy practitioner and Free Methodist leader, was born on 12 June 1803 at Wirksworth, Derbyshire, the eldest son of John Smedley (d. 1840), mill owner, and his wife, Mary. On his mother's side he descended from a long line of ...

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Starr, Mark (1894–1985), author and educationist, was born on 27 April 1894 in the village of Shoscombe, near Bath, in Somerset, the second son in the family of four sons and three daughters of William Starr, coalminer, and his wife, Susan (née...