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Deacon, Thomas (1697–1753), bishop of the nonjuring Church of England and physician, was born on 2 September 1697 at Stepney, Middlesex, the son of William Deacon (d. 1706), a mariner, and his wife, Cecelia (fl. 1697–1733). Lacking a university education, by early adulthood he had become an accomplished writer and had mastered Greek, Latin, French, and possibly Hebrew. The nonjuror ...