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Abbott, Eric Symes (1906–1983), dean of Westminster, was born on 26 May 1906 at Nottingham, the younger son and second of three children of William Henry Abbott, schoolteacher, and his wife, Mary Symes, also a teacher. A Dame Agnes Mellor scholar at Nottingham high school...

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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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Adderley, James Granville (1861–1942), Church of England clergyman and Christian socialist, was born on 1 July 1861 at Hams Hall, Warwickshire, the fifth and youngest son of Charles Bowyer Adderley, first Baron Norton (1814–1905), and his wife, Julia Anne Eliza (d. 1887)...

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Ainger, Alfred [pseud. Doubleday] (1837–1904), writer and Church of England clergyman, born at 10 Doughty Street, London, on 9 February 1837, was the youngest of the four children of Alfred Ainger (1797–1859) and his first wife, Marianne Jagger (d. 1839) of ...

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Alabaster, William (1568–1640), Church of England clergyman and writer, was born in Hadleigh, Suffolk, on 27 February 1568, the son of Roger Alabaster (d. after 1606), a merchant; his mother was Bridget Winthrop (1543–1614), whose father had been master of the Clothworkers...

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Aldrich, Henry (1648–1710), dean of Christ Church, Oxford, was born at Westminster on 15 January 1648 and baptized on 22 January 1648 at St Margaret's, Westminster, the eldest son of Henry Aldrich (d. 1683) and his wife, Judith Francis. After the Restoration, ...

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W. H. Fremantle

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Alford, Henry (1810–1871), dean of Canterbury and biblical scholar, was born at 25 Alfred Place, Bedford Square, London, on 10 October 1810, the son of the Revd Henry Alford (1782–1852), an evangelical and the son and grandson of evangelical clergy, and his first wife, ...

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Alison, Archibald (1757–1839), Scottish Episcopal clergyman and writer on aesthetics, was born in Edinburgh, the son of Archibald Alison (1730–1794), lord provost of the city, originally of Newhall, Coupar Angus, and Margaret Harte (d. 1811), of Listerick, near Edinburgh. Alison was educated at ...

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Allestree, Richard (1621/2–1681), Church of England clergyman, was born at Uppington, near the Wrekin, Shropshire. His father, Richard Allestree, was steward to Sir Richard (afterwards Lord) Newport. According to the hagiographic biography of Allestree by his friend Bishop John Fell, the Allestree family was of ancient stock and had formerly been prosperous: ...

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Annesley, Samuel (bap. 1620, d. 1696), clergyman and ejected minister, was born at Haseley, Warwickshire, and baptized there on 26 March 1620, the son of John (d. in or after 1629) and Judith Annesley (variously also Aneley, Anneley, and Annesly) of that parish. He went to school there and at ...

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Ashe, Simeon (d. 1662), Church of England clergyman, was admitted in April 1613 to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was a protégé of Thomas Hooker, and ordained deacon and priest at Peterborough on 5 and 6 October 1619. Nothing is known for certain of his parentage or early life, although he clearly had close connections with ...

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Awdry, Wilbert Vere (1911–1997), children's writer, railway historian, and Church of England clergyman, was born on 15 June 1911 at Ampfield vicarage, Romsey, Hampshire, the elder son of the Revd Vere Awdry (1854–1928), clergyman, and his third wife, Lucy Louisa Bury (1878–1972), who was on the staff at ...

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Barham, Richard Harris (1788–1845), writer and Church of England clergyman, was born on 6 December 1788 at 61 Burgate Street, Canterbury, the only (and illegitimate) son of Richard Harris Barham (bap. 1748, d. 1795), alderman, of Tappington Everard, Kent, and Elizabeth Fox (...

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Bathurst, Ralph (1619/20–1704), dean of Wells and college head, was born at Hothorpe, Northamptonshire, the fifth of thirteen sons and four daughters of George Bathurst (c.1579–1656) and his wife, Elizabeth Villiers. He was educated at Coventry Free School, and matriculated at ...

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Battell, Ralph (1649–1713), Church of England clergyman, was born in Church Street, Hertford, on 11 April 1649, the son of Ralph Battell (1619–1701) and his wife, Elizabeth. His father was vicar of All Saints', Hertford, from 1662 and of Letchworth, Hertfordshire, from 1676, both livings that he held until his death; he was also master of ...

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Baxter, Richard (1615–1691), ejected minister and religious writer, was born in the village of Rowton, Shropshire, on 12 November 1615, the son of Richard Baxter (d. 1663) of Eaton Constantine, Shropshire, and his wife, Beatrice Adeney (d. 1635). He was baptized in the parish church at ...

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Beaufort, Daniel Augustus (1739–1821), Church of Ireland clergyman and cartographer, was the eldest son of the Revd Daniel Cornelius de Beaufort (1700–1788) and his wife, Esther Gougeon. The elder Beaufort was born at Wesel in Westphalia, the seventh child of Count Francis de Beaufort...

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Becon, Thomas (1512/13–1567), theologian and Church of England clergyman, was born in Norfolk, near Thetford, in 1512 or 1513 to unknown parents.

Becon entered Cambridge in 1527, when the university was home to such future reformers as ...

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Bell, Andrew (1753–1832), Church of England clergyman and educationist, was born on 27 March 1753 in South Street, St Andrews, the second son of baillie Alexander Bell (d. 1789) and his wife, Margaret Robertson. His father, who was talented and well-educated, figured prominently in the community; by trade a wig-maker, he was also assistant at ...

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Bennett, William James Early (1804–1886), Church of England clergyman and author, was born on 15 November 1804 at Halifax, Nova Scotia, the eldest son of William Bennett, a major in the Royal Engineers, and his wife, Mary, daughter of James Early. Educated at ...