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Ridley Haim Herschell (1807–1864) by Thomas Fairland, pubd 1850 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Herschell, Ridley Haim (1807–1864), missionary and Independent minister, was the third son and fourth child of Judah Herschell, a brewer, and his wife, Ghetal, of Strzelno (about 30 miles north of Torun, Poland), where he was born on 7 April 1807. Before his birth his mother was in danger because of the French occupation of the town and this suggested the name ...