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Daniel, William Barker (1754–1833), Church of England clergyman and writer on field sports, was born in Colchester, the son of William Daniel. Little is known about his early life except that he was educated at Felsted and that his father was an attorney. In 1771 he went to ...

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William Webb Ellis (1806–1872) by unknown engraver, pubd 1854 (after Richard Beard) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ellis, William Webb (1806–1872), Church of England clergyman and supposed originator of rugby, was born in Salford, Lancashire, on 24 November 1806, the younger of two sons of James Ellis (d. 1812), soldier, who had married Ann Webb at St Peter's, Exeter...

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Freeman, Gage Earle (1820–1903), Church of England clergyman and writer on falconry, born on 3 June 1820 at Tamworth, Staffordshire, was the son of Captain Charles Earle Freeman of the 69th regiment and his wife, Mary Parsons. After a private education he was admitted a pensioner at ...

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Freind, William (1668/9–1745), Church of England clergyman and lottery winner, was born probably at Croughton, Northamptonshire, where his father, William Freind (1634–1689), was rector; his mother was Anne Freind, née Smith (d. 1722). Robert Freind (1666/7–1751) and John Freind (1675–1728) were his brothers. He was educated at ...

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Gardiner, Samuel (1564–1632?), Church of England clergyman and writer on angling, was born in Norwich, but nothing is known of his parents. After attending Eton College he matriculated at King's College, Cambridge, in 1581, and graduated BA in 1585–6. After ordination he became in 1588 vicar of ...

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Laffan, Robert Stuart de Courcy (1853–1927), sports administrator and Church of England clergyman, was born in London on 18 January 1853, the eldest of four sons of Lieutenant-General Sir Robert Michael Laffan, governor of Bermuda, and his wife, Emma, née Norsworthy (1829/30–1896). During his father's military service, he had travelled widely, and attended schools in ...

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Lyttelton, Edward (1855–1942), schoolmaster, Church of England clergyman, and cricketer, was born at Hagley, Worcestershire, 23 July 1855, the seventh of eight sons of George William Lyttelton, fourth Baron Lyttelton (1817–1876), and his first wife, Mary (1813–1857), daughter of Sir Stephen Richard Glynne, ...

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Nobbes, Robert (1652–1706?), Church of England clergyman and writer on angling, was born at Bulwick, Northamptonshire, on 21 July 1652 and baptized on 17 August, the son of John Nobbes, the rector there, and his wife, Rachel. He was sent to Uppingham School...

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Parsons, John Henry (1890–1981), cricketer and Church of England clergyman, was born on 30 May 1890 at St John's Street, Oxford, the second of the six children of William Parsons (1854–1931), chef at Brasenose College, Oxford, and later a hotel manager, and his wife, ...

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Russell, John [Jack] [called the Sporting Parson] (1795–1883), Church of England clergyman and sportsman, was born on 21 December 1795 at Dartmouth, Devon, the eldest son of John Russell (1760–1847), rector of South Hill, near Callington, Cornwall, and later of Iddesleigh, Devon...

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John Russell (1795–1883) by Joseph Brown, pubd 1870 (after Button & Sons) © National Portrait Gallery, London