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Best, Paul (1590–1657), scholar and religious writer, was born in 1590 (before 12 August) probably at Hutton Cranswick, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the first of the six children of James Best (d. 1617), yeoman farmer, and his first wife, Dorothy (...

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(Florence Estienne) Meric Casaubon (1599–1671) by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, pubd 1709 (after Adriaen van der Werff) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Casaubon, (Florence Estienne) Meric (1599–1671), scholar and divine, was born on 14 August 1599 in Geneva, the tenth of the seventeen children of Isaac Casaubon (1559–1614), classical scholar and church historian, and his second wife, Florence (1568?–1636), daughter of Henri Estienne. Meric was the most scholarly of ...

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Janeway, John (1633–1657), scholar and writer on religion, was born at Lilley, Hertfordshire, on 27 October 1633 and was baptized there on 4 December, the second son of William Janeway (d. 1654), curate of the parish. His brother James Janeway (1636–1674) was after the Restoration pastor of a presbyterian congregation at ...