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H. M. Vibart

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Adams, James Williams (1839–1903), army chaplain, born on 24 November 1839 in Cork, was the only son of James O'Brien Adams, magistrate of Cork (d. 1854), and his wife, Elizabeth Williams. Educated at Hamlin and Porter's School, on the South Mall, Cork...

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James Williams Adams (1839–1903) by unknown photographer, in or after 1881 courtesy of the Director, National Army Museum, London

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A. J. Arbuthnot

revised by Katherine Prior

Brown, David (1762–1812), East India Company chaplain, was the son of Francis Brown, a prosperous farmer of Driffield Greets, Yorkshire. He was educated privately at Scarborough and then at Hull grammar school and Magdalene College, Cambridge. In February 1785, his studies incomplete, he accepted the post of superintendent of the ...

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Claudius Buchanan (1766–1815) by Frederick Christian Lewis senior, pubd 1815 (after J. Slater, 1814) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Buchanan, Claudius (1766–1815), East India Company chaplain, was born on 12 March 1766 at Cambuslang, a village near Glasgow, the second son of Alexander Buchanan (d. 1788), schoolmaster at Inveraray, Argyll, and his wife, the daughter of Claudius Somers. He commenced his education at ...

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D'Auvergne, Edward (1665–1737), historian and army chaplain, belonged to the ancient D'Auvergne family of St Ouen, on the island of Jersey. He was the third son of Philip D'Auvergne (d. 1690) and Madeleine le Maistre (d. c.1712). At his baptism on 17 February 1665 he was presented by ...

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Evans, John (c. 1652–1724), East India Company chaplain and Church of Ireland bishop of Meath, was born into a Welsh-speaking family at Plas-du, Llanarmon, Caernarvonshire. Although the precise details of his parentage and early life remain obscure, it seems most likely that he was the son of ...

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Gleig, George Robert (1796–1888), chaplain to the armed forces and author, was born on 20 April 1796 at Stirling, the son of George Gleig, bishop of Brechin, and his wife, Janet Hamilton of Kilbrackmont, Fife. He had two brothers and one sister who survived childhood. He was first taught by his father before going to the local grammar school in ...

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George Robert Gleig (1796–1888) by Daniel Maclise, pubd 1875 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Theodore Bayley Hardy (1863–1918) by unknown photographer, 1918 The Imperial War Museum, London

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Hardy, Theodore Bayley (1863–1918), army chaplain, was born on 20 October 1863 in the Southernhay district of Exeter. He was the son of George Hardy, a commercial traveller, and his wife, Sarah Richardson; George was her second husband, her first having died. George...

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Polehampton, Henry Stedman (1824–1857), East India Company chaplain, was born on 1 February 1824 at the rectory, Greenford, Middlesex, the second son of Edward Polehampton (1775/6–1830), rector of Greenford, and his wife, the younger daughter of Thomas Stedman, vicar of St Chad's, Shrewsbury...

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Smith, John Taylor (1860–1938), bishop of Sierra Leone and chaplain-general to the forces, was born on 20 April 1860 at Kendal, Westmorland, the second son of James Smith, coal agent, and his wife, Jane. He had two brothers and two sisters. He was educated at ...

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Neville Stuart Talbot (1879–1943) by Elliott & Fry, 1920s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Talbot, Neville Stuart (1879–1943), military chaplain and bishop of Pretoria, was born at Keble College, Oxford, on 21 August 1879, the second son and third child of Edward Stuart Talbot (1844–1934), then warden of Keble College and later bishop of Winchester, and his wife, ...