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Beale, John (bap. 1608, d. 1683), Church of England clergyman and writer on agriculture and natural philosophy, was baptized at Yarkhill, Herefordshire, on 17 April 1608, the sixth and youngest son of Thomas Beale (1575–1620), a lawyer and prominent gentleman farmer, and his wife, ...

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Bertie, Richard (1517–1582), landowner and religious evangelical, was the eldest son of Thomas Bertie (d. 1555), of Bearsted, Kent, and his wife, a member of the Say family of Shropshire. In February 1534 he was admitted to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, aged sixteen. Having graduated BA in 1537, he became a probationary fellow of ...

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Bridges, Thomas (c. 1842–1898), dictionary compiler, missionary, and sheep farmer, was found abandoned, perhaps on a bridge near Bristol, aged about two and a half, and taken to an orphanage, the name of which remains unknown. He was adopted by the Revd George Pakenham Despard...

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Carleton, George (1529–1590), landowner and puritan, was the second son of John Carleton of Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, and Brightwell Baldwin, Oxfordshire, and his wife, Joyce, daughter of John Welbeck of Oxenheath, Kent. His maternal grandmother was Margaret Culpepper, an aunt of Queen Katherine Howard...

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Copley, Thomas (1532–1584), landowner and Roman Catholic exile, was born between February and May 1532, eldest son of Sir Roger Copley (d. 1549), landowner and member of the Mercers' Company, and his second wife, Elizabeth (d. 1559/60), daughter of Sir William Shelley...

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D'Ombrain, Henry Honywood (1818–1905), Church of England clergyman and gardener, was born in Ebury Street, Pimlico, London, on 10 May 1818, the son of Admiral Sir James D'Ombrain (1793–1871), inspector-general of the Coast Guard in Ireland from 1819 to 1849, for which he was knighted in 1844, and his wife, ...

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Ellacombe, Henry Nicholson (1822–1916), Church of England clergyman and gardener, was born at the vicarage, Bitton, Gloucestershire, on 18 February 1822, the only son among the six children of Henry Thomas Ellacombe (1790–1885), vicar of Bitton, and his first wife, Ann, née Nicholson (...

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Fothergill, Anthony (1685/6–1761), landowner and theological writer, was baptized on 9 December 1686 at Ravenstone, Westmorland, the youngest son of Thomas Fothergill of Brownber, Ravenstonedale, farmer. Like his forefathers and descendants for many generations, he owned the estate of Brownber and lived and died there. Though he is said to have had no 'liberal education', he published several theological works, the largest of which is entitled ...

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Gery [Geary], John (1637/8–1722), Church of England clergyman and land agent, was the son of John Gery of Coventry (d. c.1653), and his second wife, Anne, daughter of Richard Butler of the Charterhouse near Coventry. He matriculated at Magdalen College, Oxford...

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William Hanbury (1725–1778) by Richard Earlom (after Edward Penny) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hanbury, William (1725–1778), Church of England clergyman and horticulturist, was born at Bedworth, Warwickshire, on 26 September 1725 and baptized there on 10 October, the son of William Hanbury (d. 1750) of that parish and later of Foleshill and his wife, Ann, ...

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Hole, Samuel Reynolds (1819–1904), dean of Rochester and horticulturist, born at Ardwick, near Manchester (where his father was then in the cotton business), on 5 December 1819, was the only son of Samuel Hole (1778–1868) of Caunton Manor, Nottinghamshire, and his wife, Mary (...

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Huxtable, Anthony (1808–1883), agriculturist and Church of England clergyman, was born on 30 November 1808 in Williton, Somerset, the eldest of the three sons of Anthony Huxtable, a Bristol surgeon. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he obtained his BA in 1833. He was ordained deacon in 1833 and after being made priest in 1834 became vicar of ...

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Lawson, William (1553/4–1635), writer on gardening and Church of England clergyman, was probably a member of the extensive northern English gentry family of Lawson, but his parents' names are not known. He was ordained deacon in 1580, and became vicar of Ormesby, near ...

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Samuel Marsden (1765–1838) by Richard Read, 1833 Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa (A-039-038)

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Marsden, Samuel (1765–1838), missionary and farmer, was born on 25 June 1765 at Bagley, near Farsley, Yorkshire, the eldest of the five surviving children of Thomas Marsden, butcher, and his wife, Bathsheba Brown. He went to school at Farsley, and subsequently worked for his uncle ...

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See Meyer, Rollo John Oliver [Jack]

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Nourse, Timothy (c. 1636–1699), agricultural and religious writer, was born at The Place, Newent, Gloucestershire, a younger son of Sir Walter Nourse (d. 1652). His mother may have been Sir Walter's first wife, Mary, daughter of Sir Edward Engeham of Gunston, Kent...

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Rham, William Lewis (1778–1843), agriculturalist and Church of England clergyman, was born at Utrecht in the Netherlands. His father, William Rham, originated from Leiden and his mother, of whom very little is known, was Swiss. The family moved to England when he was very young. He initially attended ...

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Wilks, William (1843–1923), Church of England clergyman and gardener, was born at North Street, Ashford, Kent, on 19 October 1843, the youngest child of George Frederick Wilks (1810/11–1879), surgeon, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Philpott (1816/17–1884). Expected, like his elder brother George Wilks (1840–1919)...