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Bartholomaeus Anglicus (b. before 1203, d. 1272), Franciscan friar and encyclopaedist, is of unknown parentage, and there is no information about his early years. His association with the Suffolk Glanvilles, reported by John Leland, who identifies Bartholomaeus as Bartholomew de Glanville, depends upon a late fourteenth-century colophon in Cambridge, Peterhouse, MS 67. ...

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Bartholomaeus Anglicus (b. before 1203, d. 1272) illuminated initial © The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Platts, John (1775–1837), Unitarian minister and compiler of reference works, was born at Boston, Lincolnshire. For seven or eight years he officiated as a Calvinist minister there, but then became a Unitarian. Ordained by Charles Wellbeloved and Robert Aspland, he ministered at Spain Lane Chapel...

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Rees, Abraham (1743–1825), Presbyterian minister and encyclopaedist, was born at the Old Independent Chapel House at Llanbrynmair, Montgomeryshire, the second son of Lewis Rees (1710–1800), Independent minister, and his wife, Esther Penry. The family moved in 1759, when his father became Independent minister at ...

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Abraham Rees (1743–1825) by John Opie, exh. RA 1796 by permission of Dr Williams's Library

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Swan, John (bap. 1605, d. 1671), Church of England clergyman and encyclopaedist, was baptized at Ickleton, Cambridgeshire, on 26 September 1605, the eldest son of John Swan (d. 1639), vicar of nearby Sawston from 1600 to 1639, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of ...