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Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Birch, James (d. 1800?), sectary and prophet, was born in Wales, but nothing more is known about his early life. As a young man he moved to London, where he worked as a watch-motion maker, living in Brewer's Yard, Golden Lane, Old Street...

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Clarkson, Laurence [pseud. Laurence Claxton] (1615–1667), sectary, was born at Preston, Lancashire. He appears to have been apprenticed to a tailor, and to have travelled to London after completing his training, and apparently after the outbreak of civil war in 1642. By then he had rejected the form of worship which passed for orthodoxy during the Laudian ascendancy, developed a taste for the ministry of godly preachers, was given to extemporized prayer, and had become a committed presbyterian. In ...

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Delamaine, Alexander (bap. 1631, d. 1685), Muggletonian, was baptized at St Andrew's, Holborn, London, on 3 October 1631, the son of the mathematician Richard Delamain (d. 1644?) and his wife, Sarah (d. in or after 1645). His name appears in the register of ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by William Lamont

Glover, Boyer (fl. 1758–1771), member of the Muggletonians, may have been the son of Richard and Elizabeth Glover who was baptized Bowyer Glover on 10 January 1713 at St Andrew's, Holborn. He was a watch- and clock-maker in Leadenhall Street, London. With one exception he made his mark on the sect's life by his music rather than by his politics. Seven of his songs are in a collection, ...

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Lodowicke Muggleton (1609–1698) by or after William Wood, c. 1674 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Muggleton, Lodowicke (1609–1698), co-founder of Muggletonianism, was born in July 1609 in Walnut Tree Yard (later New Street), off Bishopsgate Street, London, the youngest of three children of John Muggleton, a farrier, and his first wife, Mary (1576/7–1612), possibly formerly Mary Mayles.

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Phayre [Phaire], Robert (1618/19–1682), parliamentarian army officer, was almost certainly the son of the Revd Emmanuel Phayre. The father had migrated, probably from Devon, to Ireland, where he held ecclesiastical livings in co. Cork. Both father and son sustained losses during the uprising of 1641, when they were living near ...

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Reeve, John (1608–1658), co-founder of the Muggletonians, was born in Wiltshire, the second son of Walter Reeve. His father, described as 'clerk to a deputy of Ireland', was of a good family that had fallen into decay. John and his older brother, ...

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Saddington, John (d. 1679), Muggletonian, was born at Arnesby, Leicestershire; the names of his parents are not known. According to the brief spiritual memoir with which he prefaced his A Prospective-Glass for Saints and Sinners (1673), as a child his love of learning was so great he was never content but when he was at school, and especially took more delight in reading the ...

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Tomkinson, Thomas (1631–c. 1710), Muggletonian, was the son of Richard Tomkinson and his wife, Ann (d. 1661/2), of Sladehouse in the parish of Ilam, Staffordshire. He came from a family of substantial tenant farmers long settled in the parishes of Ilam...