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Anderson, Christopher (1782–1852), theological writer and Baptist preacher, was born at West Bow, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, on 19 February 1782, and was the youngest son of William Anderson (1744–1804), an ironmonger. Christopher was educated at Lasswade day school near Edinburgh. He worked initially in his father's trade and later in an insurance office, but because of his interest in Christian missions and his desire to become a foreign missionary, he relinquished his secular work, and studied for the ministry. His family and friends were deeply influenced by the evangelistic zeal of ...

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Fawcett, John (1740–1817), Particular Baptist minister and theological writer, was born on 6 January 1740 at Lidget Green, near Bradford, the son of Stephen Fawcett (c.1702–c.1751), who died of a fever in his fiftieth year, leaving a widow and a numerous family. ...

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Fuller, Andrew (1754–1815), Baptist minister and theologian, was born at Wicken, Cambridgeshire, on 6 February 1754. He was the youngest of three sons of Robert Fuller, farmer, and Philippa Gunton (d. 1816), daughter of Andrew Gunton of Soham, Cambridgeshire. He attended the village school at ...

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Andrew Fuller (1754–1815) by J. Morrison (after Robert Bowyer) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gill, John (1697–1771), Particular Baptist minister and theologian, was born of poor parents, Edward Gill, a woollen merchant, and Elizabeth Walker, at Kettering, Northamptonshire, on 23 November 1697. He spent a very short time at Kettering grammar school, and his formal education ended at the age of eleven. Soon after his baptism on 1 November 1716, ...

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Haldane, Robert (1764–1842), theological writer and evangelical patron, was born on 28 February 1764 in Queen Anne Street, Cavendish Square, London, elder son of Captain James Haldane (1728–1768), heir to Airthrey estate, Stirlingshire, and Katherine Duncan (d. 1774) of Lundie near Dundee...

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Hinton, John Howard (1791–1873), Baptist minister and theologian, was born on 24 March 1791 in Oxford, where his schoolmaster father was the minister for thirty years. James Hinton (1761–1823) was one of those Baptist leaders who, at the end of the eighteenth century, secured the revival of Baptist life in ...

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Ryland, John (1753–1825), Baptist minister and theologian, was born at Warwick on 29 January 1753, the elder son of John Collett Ryland (1723–1792), Baptist minister and schoolmaster, and his first wife, Elizabeth Frith (d. 1779) of Warwick. His brother, Herman Witsius Ryland...

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John Ryland (1753–1825) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London