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Brotherton, Joseph (1783–1857), Cowherdite Bible Christian minister and politician, was born on 22 May 1783 at Whittington, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, the son of John Brotherton (d. 1809), and his wife, Mary. John Brotherton, a one-time schoolmaster and exciseman, moved his family to ...

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Joseph Brotherton (1783–1857) by Samuel William Reynolds junior, pubd 1836 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cowherd, William (1763–1816), a founder of the Bible Christians (Cowherdites) and vegetarian, was born in Carnforth, Lancashire. Little is known of his early life, although his parents were probably James and Elizabeth Cowherd, or Coward. He described himself as a 'classical teacher in ...

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Detrosier, Rowland [formerly Rowley Barnes] (1800?–1834), freethinking radical and popular lecturer, was born in London, the son of a Manchester merchant, Robert Norris, and a Frenchwoman named Detrosier. His parents abandoned him soon after his birth and he was adopted by a Swedenborgian tailor from ...

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Scholefield, James (1790–1855), political reformer, was born at Colne Bridge, in the parish of Kirkheaton, near Huddersfield, Yorkshire, on 6 April 1790, the son of Daniel Scholefield and his wife, Rebecca. He attended the Salford Academy of Sciences in Manchester, established by William Cowherd...