- Gil Skidmore
Bownas, Samuel (1677–1753), Quaker minister and writer, was born on 20 January 1677 at Shap, Westmorland, the second of the two children of Anthony Bownas (d. 1677), shoemaker, and his wife, Agnes. Samuel's father died within a month of his birth. Thereafter money was short and he and his brother received only a basic education in reading and writing. At thirteen ...