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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, the village shopkeeper, and his second wife, Hannah Brook of nearby Isleham; Isaac, a half-brother from the earlier marriage, lived from 1774 to 1829. The elder ...

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Beard, Charles (1827–1888), Unitarian minister, scholar, and journal editor, was born at Higher Broughton, Manchester, on 27 July 1827, the eldest son of John Relly Beard (1800–1876), Unitarian minister at Salford, and his wife, Mary Barnes (1802–1887). Educated at his father's school, he studied at ...

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Campbell, John (1795–1867), Congregational minister and journal editor, only child of Alexander Campbell, surgeon, was born on 5 October 1795 at Kirriemuir, Forfarshire. He was educated at local schools then went to sea, but he deserted his ship at Fakenham, Norfolk, and walked home. He then worked as a blacksmith in ...

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Davies, David (d. 1807), Independent minister and journal editor, is a figure whose parentage and date of birth are unknown, but he was probably born at Llanybydder in Carmarthenshire. A student at the dissenters' academy in Swansea in 1786, he was ordained in 1787. His ministry began with two Independent churches, ...

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Edwards, (Samuel Jules) Celestine (1857?–1894), Methodist evangelist and journal editor, was born, probably on 28 December 1857, at Burns, Dominica, in the West Indies, one of ten children. His father was a sailor, who died about 1867; little is known of his mother except that she was alive in 1894. ...

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Whitwell Elwin (1816–1900) by Henry Weigall, exh. RA 1876 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elwin, Whitwell (1816–1900), Church of England clergyman and journal editor, was the third son of Marsham Elwin of Thurning, Norfolk, and his wife, Emma Louisa Whitwell. He was born at Thurning on 26 February 1816, and, after education at Paston grammar school, North Walsham...

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Harris, Joseph [pseud. Gomer] (1773–1825), Baptist minister, author, and journal editor, was born in 1773, probably in August, the eldest son of William Harris, a farm bailiff, at Llantydewi, Pembrokeshire. Harris was educated at local schools. A Baptist like his father, who had converted from the ...

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Harwood, Philip (1811–1887), Unitarian minister and journal editor, was born in Worcester on 22 March 1811, the second son and fifth child (of eight) born to William Harwood (1773?–1848) and his wife, the former Abigail Hawley (d. 1847). Following their marriage in ...

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Hastings, James (1852–1922), United Free Church minister and journal editor, was born on 26 March 1852 at Huntly, Aberdeenshire, the second son and fifth child of James Hastings, miller, of the mill of Huntly, and his wife, Hope Ross. He was educated at ...

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Hughes, John [called Glanystwyth] (1842–1902), Wesleyan Methodist minister and editor, son of John Hughes (1815–1843), a butcher, and Jane, his wife, was born on 15 April 1842, at Cwm Magwr Isaf, in the village of Cnwch-coch, parish of Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn, Cardiganshire. Left an orphan at an early age, he received some education at ...

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Manning, Samuel (1821–1881), Particular Baptist minister and journal editor, was born on 26 November 1821 in Leicester. His family were well known there: his father, John Manning, was several times elected mayor, and before his conversion to Baptist principles was a churchwarden at ...

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Philpot, Joseph Charles (1802–1869), Strict and Particular Baptist minister and journal editor, was born at Ripple, Kent, on 13 September 1802, third son of Charles Philpot (1760–1823), rector of Ripple, and Maria (1772–1851), only daughter of Peter La Fargue, rector of Greatford, near ...

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Rees, David [called y Cynhyrfwr] (1801–1869), Congregational minister and journal editor, son of Bernard and Anna Rees, was born on 14 November 1801 at Gelli Lwyd in the parish of Tre-lech, Carmarthenshire. Having resolved to enter the Independent ministry, he attended for a short time the grammar schools at ...

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Rees, Josiah (1744–1804), Unitarian minister and journal editor, was born on 2 October 1744 at Clun-pentan in the parish of Llanfair-ar-y-bryn, near Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, the son of Owen Rees (1716–1768), and his wife, Mary Howell (1718–1818). His father, who was ordained minister to a congregation of protestant dissenters at ...