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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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Backus, Isaac (1724–1806), Baptist minister and historian in America, was born on 9 January 1724 at Norwich, Connecticut, the fourth of eleven children of Samuel Backus (1694–1740), farmer and ironworks owner, and Elizabeth (1698–1769), daughter of John Tracy and Elizabeth Leffingwell. Both of ...

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Carson, Alexander (1776–1844), Baptist minister, was born at Annahone, near Stewartstown, co. Tyrone, the eldest son of William Carson, a Scottish Presbyterian who had settled in Ireland. As preparation for the Presbyterian ministry he was educated in a classical school taught by a ...

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Coppe, Abiezer (1619–1672?), Baptist preacher and Ranter, was born on Sunday 30 May 1619, and baptized on 1 June at St Mary's, Warwick, the eldest known child of Walter Coppe (b. 1593, d. in or after 1667), who was probably a literate artisan, perhaps working with animal hides. After the Restoration ...

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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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Haldane, James Alexander (1768–1851), Baptist minister and author, was born on 14 July 1768 at Dundee, the younger and posthumous son of Captain James Haldane (1728–1768) of Airthrey estate, Stirlingshire, and Katherine Duncan (d. 1774) of Lundie, Forfarshire. Brought up by his grandmother, ...

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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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Spurgeon, Charles Haddon (1834–1892), Baptist preacher and religious writer, was born on 19 June 1834 at Kelvedon, Essex, the eldest of seventeen children, eight surviving, of John Spurgeon (1810–1902), clerk to a coal and shipping firm and lay preacher, later an Independent minister, and his wife, ...

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Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834–1892) by London Stereoscopic Co. © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Peter Thomas Stanford (1860–1909) by W. Baker reproduced with the permission of Birmingham Libraries & Archives