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

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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...