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Anderson, Sir (James) Norman Dalrymple (1908–1994), missionary, jurist, and writer on religion, was born on 29 September 1908 at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, the second son and last of the four children of William Dalrymple Anderson (d. 1946), grain merchant, and his wife, Lilian Maud, ...

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Bagard, Thomas (d. 1544), civil lawyer and divine, was born in the diocese of Hereford, of unknown parentage. He was a scholar in civil law by March 1515 at Oxford University and was a member of New Inn. He was connected with the diocese of ...

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Cú Chuimne (d. 747), canonist and hymn writer, is associated with Columba's monastery of Iona in a colophon found in the Paris manuscript Bibliothèque Nationale, MS Lat. 12021. His date of birth is unknown but his obit is recorded in 747 in the annals of ...

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Francis Watt

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Dodson, Michael (1732–1799), barrister and biblical scholar, the only son of Joseph Dodson, dissenting minister at Marlborough, Wiltshire, and Elizabeth Foster, was born there on 20 or 21 September 1732. He was educated at Marlborough grammar school and then, in accordance with the advice of his maternal uncle, ...

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Dodwell, Henry (1706–1784), religious controversialist and barrister, was born on 25 November 1706 at Shottesbrooke, Berkshire, the fourth child and eldest son of Henry Dodwell (1641–1711), classical scholar and theologian, and Anne Elliot (d. 1750). Educated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, whence he matriculated on 17 April 1723, he proceeded BA on 9 February 1726 and went on to study law. He entered the ...

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Erskine, Thomas, of Linlathen (1788–1870), theologian and advocate, was born in Edinburgh on 13 October 1788, the fifth of seven children born to David Erskine, laird of Linlathen, writer to the signet, who died in Naples on 5 April 1791, and Ann Graham (...

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Thomas Erskine of Linlathen (1788–1870) attrib. Charles Baillod Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Innes, Alexander Taylor (1833–1912), lawyer and church historian, was born on 18 December 1833 at Tain, Ross and Cromarty, the son of Alexander Innes, accountant and bank agent, and his wife, Martha Taylor. He was educated at the Royal Academy in Tain and, from 1848, at the ...

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Lewis, Edward Archibald [Archie] (1918–1988), singer and variety artist, was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on 10 April 1918. He attended St Matthew's Anglican Church, Kingston, where he sang in the choir, and made his concert début aged fifteen. He was working as an engineering apprentice on the railway when he won a major contest, singing ballads in a style modelled on ...

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Martin [Martyn], Thomas (1520/21–1592/3), civil lawyer and polemicist, the son of John Martin of Cerne, Dorset, was educated at Winchester (admitted 1533, aged twelve) and New College, Oxford, of which he became a fellow in 1540, and subsequently (c.1550) at Bourges University...

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B. B. Woodward

revised by David Huddleston

McCausland, Dominick (1806–1873), judge and religious writer, was born at his father's residence, Roe Park, co. Londonderry, on 20 August 1806, the third of four sons of Marcus Langford McCausland and his wife, a daughter of John Kennedy of Cultra, co. Down, and aunt of ...

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Melmoth, William, the elder (1665/6–1743), lawyer and religious writer, was admitted to Clifford's Inn on 15 April 1686 and to the Inner Temple on 30 May 1689. Nothing is known of his background beyond the fact that the Inner Temple admitted him as a gentleman. He was called to the bar at the ...

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Pagula [Paull], William (d. 1332?), canon lawyer and theologian, probably came from Paull, near Hull, Yorkshire. Granted letters dimissory by Archbishop Greenfield of York on 24 November 1313, he was instituted as perpetual vicar of the church of Winkfield, near Windsor Forest, Berkshire...

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Punt, William (fl. 1548–1563), polemicist and book smuggler, emerged from obscurity in 1548 as the author of A New Dialoge called the Endightment agaynste Mother Messe. This work proved to be popular (three editions were published in two months), perhaps because it skilfully drew on the work of major evangelical writers such as ...

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Quesnel [Quesuel], Peter (fl. c. 1320), Franciscan friar, canonist, and pastoral theologian, is known only through his popular handbook, Directorium iuris in foro conscientiae et juridiciali, where he is referred to in at least one early manuscript as a Franciscan friar. Bale states that a copy of his work was in the library of ...

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Strange, (Thomas) Lumisden (1808–1884), judge and theological writer, was born at Landon's Gardens, Poonamallee Road, Madras, on 4 January 1808, the eldest son of Sir Thomas Andrew Lumisden Strange (1756–1841), first chief justice of Madras, and his second wife, Louisa (1788–1862), youngest daughter of ...

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Wilkinson, William (c. 1551–1613), religious writer and ecclesiastical lawyer, was a Yorkshireman by birth. His precise origins are unclear, though it is known that his family held land in Bradford. His university education began when he matriculated as a pensioner at St John's College, Cambridge...