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Alleyne [Allyn], Thomas (c. 1488–1558), clergyman and benefactor, was probably a native of Sudbury, Staffordshire, where he later made provision for the commemoration of his parents. A suggestion that he originated in the diocese of Salisbury and studied at Oxford seems to be without foundation. His father's name was most probably ...

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Ashton, Hugh (d. 1522), Catholic ecclesiastic and university benefactor, apparently never himself had a formal university education, his main expertise lying in administration and estate management. He probably first encountered Lady Margaret Beaufort, countess of Richmond and Derby, in Lancashire, his native county, and rose to prominence through this association. On 7 January 1496 he was admitted to the rectory of ...

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Hugh Ashton (d. 1522) by unknown sculptor © Crown copyright. NMR

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Chaloner, Robert (1547/8–1621), Church of England clergyman and educational benefactor, was born in Goldsborough, near Knaresborough, West Riding of Yorkshire, the second son of Robert and Ann Chaloner of Llanfyllin (possibly Llanfyllin, Montgomeryshire). He was elected to a studentship at Christ Church, Oxford...

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Durham, William of (d. 1249), theologian and university benefactor, may have been born at Sedgefield, co. Durham. Nothing otherwise is known of his origins or early life, until he is recorded as a regent master in theology at Paris, at a date between 1220 and 1223. To ...

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Knightbridge, John (1619/20–1677), founder of the Knightbridge professorship in moral theology at Cambridge, was the fourth son of John Knightbridge (d. 1640), attorney of Chelmsford, Essex, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Charles Tucker of Lincoln's Inn. He matriculated from Wadham College, Oxford...

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Murdoch, John (1819–1904), missionary and book agent, was born in Glasgow on 22 July 1819, the third, but eldest surviving, child in the family of ten sons and two daughters of John Murdoch and his wife, Margaret Smith. The family were members of the ...

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Plume, Thomas (bap. 1630, d. 1704), Church of England clergyman and educational benefactor, was baptized on 18 August 1630 at All Saints', Maldon, Essex, the second son of Thomas Plume, alderman of Maldon, coal merchant and landowner, and his third wife, Helen. Educated at ...