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Cooke, Thomas (1722–1783), Church of England clergyman and eccentric, born in Hexham, Northumberland, on 23 October 1722, was the son of John Cooke, a shoemaker at Hexham. He received his education as king's scholar at Durham School, and afterwards entered Queen's College, Oxford...

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Greswold, Edward (bap. 1594?, d. 1633), religious recluse, was probably baptized on 5 August 1594 at Tanworth, Warwickshire. He was the son of Thomas Greswold (d. 1598/9), landowner, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1645), daughter and heir of Benedict Shuckburgh of ...

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Henley, John [known as Orator Henley] (1692–1756), dissenting minister and eccentric, was born on 3 August 1692, probably at St Mary's vicarage, Melton Mowbray, coming from a line of eminently respectable clerical forebears. His father, the Revd Simon Henley (1665–1731), vicar of ...

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Alfred Hyman Louis (1829–1915) by Histed © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Louis, Alfred Hyman (1829–1915), scholar and visionary vagrant, was born in 1829 in Birmingham, the eldest son of Hyman Tobias (or Tobar) Louis, a well-to-do merchant, and his wife, Maria. At fifteen he entered King Edward's School, Birmingham, where he began long friendships with ...

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Summers, (Augustus) Montague [name in religion Alphonsus Joseph-Mary] (1880–1948), literary scholar, occultist, and eccentric, was born in Pembroke Lodge, Clifton, near Bristol, on 10 April 1880, the youngest of the seven children of Augustus William Summers, a wealthy banker, and his wife, ...

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Tollemache, Ralph William Lyonel Tollemache- (1826–1895), Church of England clergyman and bestower of eccentric names, was born on 19 October 1826, the eldest son of the Hon. and Revd Hugh Francis Tollemache (1802–1890), rector of Harrington, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Matilda, the daughter of ...