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Aberhart, William (1878–1943), politician and evangelist in Canada, was born in Hibbert township, near Seaforth, Perth county, Ontario, on 30 December 1878, the son of William Aberhart (who as a child had been brought from Germany) and his wife, Louisa Pepper, the daughter of an Englishman. He was educated at schools in ...

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Adams, Mary (supp. fl. 1652), self-proclaimed virgin mother, is a fiction whose existence rests in the creation of one pamphlet formed around her alleged misdeeds and blasphemies. This work is called The Ranters Monster and was printed in London for George Horton in March 1652. ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by David Huddleston

Alexander, William Lindsay (1808–1884), Congregational minister, eldest son of William Alexander (1781–1866), wine merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth Lindsay (d. 1848), was born at Leith on 24 August 1808. Having attended Leith high school and a boarding-school at East Linton, he entered ...

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Ames, William (d. 1662), Quaker preacher, was born at Frampton Cotterell, near Bristol; his parents' names are not known. He was not well educated and when young was prone to lying, drunkenness, and licentiousness. During the civil war he joined the king's army and later served as a marine under ...

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Anderson, Christopher (1782–1852), theological writer and Baptist preacher, was born at West Bow, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, on 19 February 1782, and was the youngest son of William Anderson (1744–1804), an ironmonger. Christopher was educated at Lasswade day school near Edinburgh. He worked initially in his father's trade and later in an insurance office, but because of his interest in Christian missions and his desire to become a foreign missionary, he relinquished his secular work, and studied for the ministry. His family and friends were deeply influenced by the evangelistic zeal of ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by L. E. Lauer

Angus, Joseph (1816–1902), Baptist minister and educationist, was born on 16 January 1816 at Bolam, Northumberland, the only son of John Angus, a farmer and later a leather merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth Wanless. His first schooling was at the free grammar school, Newcastle...

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Aspland, Robert (1782–1845), Unitarian minister and journal editor, was born on 23 January 1782 at Wicken, Cambridgeshire, the only surviving child of Robert Aspland (bap. 1746, d. 1804), the village shopkeeper, and his second wife, Hannah Brook (1751–1816) of nearby ...

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Attaway, Mrs (fl. 1645–1646), Baptist preacher, was of unknown parentage and background. Her early years are obscure but by 1645 she was said to have been a London lacewoman with a husband in the army.

A member of Thomas Lambe's Baptist congregation, Attaway...

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Aubrey, Melbourn Evans (1885–1957), Baptist minister and ecumenist, was born in the Rhondda on 21 April 1885, the eldest child of Edwin Aubrey and his wife, Elizabeth Jane Evans. His father was then pastor of Zion Baptist Church, Pentre, and subsequently ministered in ...

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Backus, Isaac (1724–1806), Baptist minister and historian in America, was born on 9 January 1724 at Norwich, Connecticut, the fourth of eleven children of Samuel Backus (1694–1740), farmer and ironworks owner, and Elizabeth (1698–1769), daughter of John Tracy and Elizabeth Leffingwell. Both of ...

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Baynes, Alfred Henry (1838–1914), missionary society administrator, was born on 11 April 1838 at Wellington, Somerset, ninth son of Joseph Baynes, Baptist minister at Wellington, and Anna Day Ash, of Broadmead Baptist Chapel, Bristol. He was the younger brother of Thomas Spencer Baynes (1823–1887)...

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Birks, Thomas Rawson (1810–1883), Church of England clergyman and theologian, was born on 28 September 1810 at Staveley, Derbyshire, the younger son of Thomas Birks (1763/4–1837), a tenant farmer of the duke of Devonshire, and his wife, Sarah Fletcher (1769/70–1836...

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William Carpenter Bompas (1834–1906) by unknown photographer, 1905 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bompas, William Carpenter (1834–1906), bishop of Selkirk, Canada, was born on 20 January 1834 at 11 Park Road, Regent's Park, London. He was the fourth son of Charles Carpenter Bompas and his wife, Mary Steele Tomkins, of Broughton, Hampshire. His father, a serjeant-at-law and leader of the ...

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Brine, John (1703–1765), Baptist minister, was born at Kettering, the son of a cobbler. Owing to the poverty of his parents he had scarcely any school education, and when still young was sent to work in the staple manufactory of his town. Converted by the preaching of ...

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G. B. Smith

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Brock, William (1807–1875), Baptist minister, was born on 14 February 1807 at Honiton, Devon, the eldest of the three children of William Brock, brazier and ironmonger, and his wife, Ann, daughter of Thomas Alsop, pastor of the Baptist church at Prescot, Devon. William...

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Richard Brothers (1757–1824) by William Sharp, pubd 1795 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brothers, Richard (1757–1824), self-styled prophet, was born on 25 December 1757 at Placentia, Newfoundland. His father was a gunner, and his family continued to live at Placentia long after Richard was sent as a boy to Woolwich, where he went to school, and from where in 1772 he entered the ...

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Brown, Archibald Geikie (1844–1922), Baptist minister, was born at 10 St Ann's Place, Brixton Hill, Streatham, on 18 July 1844, the son of John William Brown (1815–1872), clerk to a bill broker, and his wife, Emma, née Heath (1818–1893). He experienced an evangelical conversion in 1861 after attending religious meetings led by ...

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