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William Bishop (c. 1554–1624) by unknown artist Archbishop's House, Westminster; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bishop, William (c. 1554–1624), Roman Catholic bishop, was born at Brailes, Warwickshire, the eldest son of John Bishop (c.1509–1601) and Helen Onsley (d. 1588). His family was armigerous and came originally from Yorkshire; they remained on the same estate at ...

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Bramston, James Yorke (1763–1836), vicar apostolic of the London district, was born on 18 March 1763 at Oundle in Northamptonshire, the elder son of John Bramston, a solicitor, and his wife, Elizabeth Yorke, daughter of the Revd Edward Yorke, vicar of Oundle. He was educated at ...

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Butler, Basil Edward [name in religion Christopher Butler] (1902–1986), Roman Catholic bishop and theologian, was born in Reading on 7 May 1902, the second of four sons and third of six children of William Edward Butler, wine merchant, and his wife, Bertha Alice Bowman...

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Challoner, Richard (1691–1781), religious writer and vicar apostolic of the London district, was born at or near Lewes, Sussex, on 29 September 1691, the only son of Richard Challoner (who died in the early 1690s), a wine cooper, and his wife, Grace Willard (1669–1731)...

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Richard Challoner (1691–1781) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Coffin, Robert Aston (1819–1885), Roman Catholic bishop of Southwark, was born at Brighton on 19 July 1819. He was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Coffin. His father was a gentleman of great wealth who followed no particular profession. Coffin was sent to ...

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Robert Aston Coffin (1819–1885) by unknown artist Archbishop's House, Southwark; by courtesy of the Saint Austin Press, London; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dominis, Marco Antonio de (1560–1624), archbishop of Spalato and ecumenist, was born on the island of Rab off the eastern Adriatic coast. He was from a prominent family that may have been South Slavic in origin but which had used an Italian name since the fourteenth century. He received his early education at a Jesuit school in ...

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Ellis, Philip [name in religion Michael] (1652–1726), vicar apostolic of the western district, was born on 8 September 1652 in Stratford, London, and was baptized on 12 September. He was the third son of the Revd John Ellis (d. 1681) of Kiddall Hall...