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Allibond, Peter (1559/60–1629), Church of England clergyman and translator, was born at Wardington, Oxfordshire, where his family had lived for many generations; his parents' names are not known. He became a student at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, in 1578 (according to Anthony Wood): he matriculated from there, aged twenty, on 15 April 1580, graduated BA on 21 February 1582, and proceeded MA on 6 July 1585. After some years spent in foreign travel, he was ordained. In 1592 ...

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A. B. Grosart

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Barton, William (1597/8–1678), translator and hymnologist, matriculated as a sizar at Trinity College, Cambridge, in Lent 1619; he graduated BA in 1622 and proceeded MA in 1625. He was ordained priest on 21 September 1623. He is probably to be identified with the ...

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Becher, Henry (fl. 1559–1568), translator and Church of England clergyman, was admitted vicar of Mayfield, Sussex, in the diocese of Chichester, on 19 July 1559. The parish formed part of the peculiar jurisdiction of South Malling, and provided four of Sussex's protestant martyrs during ...

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Bentley, Catharine [name in religion Magdalen Augustine] (1591–1659), abbess and translator, may have been the younger sister of Ann Bentley who entered the same convent on 3 May 1611, aged twenty-two; nothing further is known of her family. She took vows at the English convent of the Poor Clares at ...

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Bois, John (1561–1644), biblical translator, was born on 3 January 1561 at Nettlestead, Suffolk, the only child to live to adulthood of William Bois (1513?–1591), rector of West Stow, Suffolk, and his wife, Mirabel, née Pooley (c.1513–c.1601). William Bois...

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Booth, Robert (d. 1657), translator and Church of England clergyman, was probably born in Mixenden, Yorkshire, the son of the Revd George Booth (d. c.1636), vicar of South Kirkby, near Halifax, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas Lister of Shibden...

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Borthwick, Jane Laurie (1813–1897), hymn writer and translator, was born on 9 April 1813 in Edinburgh, the first daughter of James Borthwick, insurance manager of the North British Insurance Office, and his wife, Sarah Finlay, both staunch members of the Free Church of Scotland...

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B. C. Skottowe

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Boyd, Henry (1748/9–1832), translator and Church of Ireland clergyman, was born in Dromore, co. Antrim, the son of Charles Boyd, a farmer. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin (BA 1776), before becoming a priest. In 1785 he published a two-volume translation of ...

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Bradock, Thomas (1555/6–1607), Church of England clergyman and translator, was born at Southwark, the son of Thomas Bradocke. He was admitted to Westminster School by 1570, and then attended Greyfriars School. In June 1573 he matriculated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, migrating to ...

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Bundy [Bundy-Francklin], Richard (1693/4–1739), Church of England clergyman and translator, was born in 1693 or 1694, possibly in Devizes, Wiltshire. His parents may have been the Richard Bundy and Margery Flower who married at Southbroom St James, Wiltshire, in 1679. He matriculated at ...

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Burgh, Benedict (d. in or before 1483), clerk and translator, is known only from a few surviving scraps of information about his life. An Oxford MA, he rented a school from University College in 1432–3, and was granted letters testimonial by the university on 3 July 1433. In 1434 he was rector of ...

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Butler, Thomas (b. 1532/3, d. in or before 1591), Roman Catholic priest and translator, was possibly the son of William Butler (d. 1557), who was lessee of the manor at Radley, Berkshire. In 1546, at the age of thirteen, he was sent to ...

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Christian, Thomas (bap. 1754?, d. 1828), clergyman and translator, was the son of the Revd John Christian, vicar of Kirk Marown in the Isle of Man from 1753 to 1779, who for Bishop Hildesley translated into Manx Gaelic the second book of Kings...

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Coverdale, Miles (1488–1569), Bible translator and bishop of Exeter, was born, according to Bale, in Yorkshire (patria Eboracensis). No details are known of his parentage or early education. According to Tanner he was ordained priest in Norwich by John Underwood, bishop of ...

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Davies, Richard (c. 1505–1581), bishop of St David's and biblical translator, was born at Plas y Person, Gyffin, Caernarvonshire, the son of Dafydd ap Gronw, curate of Gyffin in the diocese of Bangor, and his ‘wife’, Sioned, daughter of Dafydd ap Richard; such clerical marriages were common in ...

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Deacon, Pudentiana (1580/81?–1645), Benedictine nun and translator, was the daughter of John Deacon of Middlesex. There are no records of her education but she was received into the Abbey of the Glorious Assumption of Our Lady in Brussels in 1607, so it is likely that her family were Catholics. The English agent for ...

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Denton, Henry (c. 1640–1681), Church of England clergyman and translator, was the second son of Thomas Denton (1612–1643), from an old Cumberland family living at Warnell Hall, Warnell Denton, south of Carlisle, and Lettis (d. 1678), daughter of John Lougher, of Perton, Staffordshire...

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Dickson, William Purdie (1823–1901), theologian and translator, was the third son of George Dickson, Church of Scotland minister of Pettinain, and afterwards of Kilrenny, Fife, and his first wife, Mary Lockhart; he was born at Pettinain manse, Lanarkshire, on 22 October 1823. After attending ...

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Evelinge, Elizabeth [name in religion Catharine Magdalen] (1596/7–1668), abbess of Aire and translator, took vows at the English convent of the Poor Clares at Gravelines on 22 July 1620, aged twenty-three, adopting the name Sister Catharine Magdalen. Nothing is known of her family, though the ...

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Everard, Thomas (1560–1633), Jesuit and translator, was born on 8 February 1560, and baptized on 10 February at Linstead Parva, Suffolk, the son of Henry Everard (d. 1596), of Pond Hall, Linstead Magna, and Catherine Gawdy. His father was imprisoned in 1578–9 in the common gaol at ...