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Edwards, Jonathan (1638/9–1712), college head and religious controversialist, was born in Wrexham, Denbighshire; the identity of his parents is unknown. His entire adult life was spent at the University of Oxford. He matriculated at Christ Church in 1657, graduating BA on 28 October 1659. On 7 March 1662 he was elected fellow of ...

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Jameson, William (fl. 1689–1720), university teacher and religious controversialist, was born blind; nothing is known of his parents or background. He may have been William Gemisoune, a student at Glasgow University in 1676, and he may also have been a theology bursar there in 1691. ...

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Jenkin, Robert (bap. 1656, d. 1727), college head and religious controversialist, was born on the Isle of Thanet, Kent, and was baptized at Minster on the Isle of Thanet on 31 January 1656, the son of Thomas Jenkin, a yeoman of Thanet with a good estate, and his wife, ...

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Saywell, William (1642/3–1701), religious controversialist and college head, was born at Pentridge, Dorset, where his father, Gabriel Saywell (d. 1658), was rector. He had at least three brothers, Samuel (b. 1651/2), James (b. 1656/7), and John (all of whom were, like him, educated at ...

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Slade, Matthew (1569–1628), religious controversialist and college head, was born at South Perrot, Dorset, on 9 September 1569, the second son of the rector, John Slade, and his wife, Joan, daughter of John Owsley of Misterton, Somerset. Following his elder brother, Samuel, to ...

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Tully, Thomas (1620–1676), college head and religious controversialist, was born, the son of George Tully, in St Mary's parish, Carlisle, on 22 July 1620. He may have been born or brought up in Abbey Street, to whose poor he was especially generous in his will. He was educated at the parish free school and the school at ...