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Carpenter, (Joseph) Estlin (1844–1927), Unitarian minister and college head, the second of the five sons of William Benjamin Carpenter (1813–1885), a prominent naturalist, and Louisa Powell (1812–1887), was born on 5 October 1844, in Ripley, Surrey. He was the grandson of Lant Carpenter...

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(Joseph) Estlin Carpenter (1844–1927) by Elliott & Fry, 1922 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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McLachlan, Herbert (1876–1958), historian of nonconformity and college head, was born on 22 August 1876 at Dulesgate, near Todmorden, the second son of John McLachlan (1840–1899), cotton mill manager, and his wife, Sarah Gladwell (b. 1849). His early board school education was cut short in 1889 when he joined his father's newly acquired oil and dry-salter's business at ...

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Tayler, John James (1797–1869), Unitarian minister and college head, was born on 15 August 1797 at Church Row, Newington Butts, in Surrey, the elder son of John Tayler (1765–1831), a nonconformist minister, and Elizabeth, the daughter of John Kenning of Walthamstow. When John James Tayler...