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Toland, John (1670–1722), freethinker and philosopher, was born on 30 November 1670 on the peninsula of Inishowen, co. Donegal, Ireland. Although his parents are unknown, he supposedly was the illegitimate son of a Roman Catholic priest and was probably baptized Seán Eoghain (Sean Owen, John's John)...

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Vaughan, Thomas (1621–1666), hermetic philosopher and alchemist, was the son of Thomas Vaughan (c.1586–1658) of Llansanffraid (St Bridget's), Brecknockshire, and his wife, Denise Jenkin (b. c.1593), daughter and heir of David Morgan of Llansanffraid. Thomas and his elder twin brother, the poet ...