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Adomnán [St Adomnán] (627/8?–704), abbot of Iona and writer, who became known to history as the ninth abbot of Iona and the outstanding Irish churchman of his day, was born of the royal line of Cenél Conaill, a dynasty which formed part of the over-kingdom of the northern ...

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Blair, John (supp. fl. c. 1300), supposed biographer and priest, was the creation of Hary, the late fifteenth-century author of a life of Sir William Wallace (d. 1305). To give authority to his own tendentious and unreliable verse account of his hero's exploits, ...

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Blomberg, William Nicolas (1702/3–1750), biographer and Church of England clergyman, was the son of Charles John, Baron Blomberg, a nobleman of the duchy of Courland resident in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of the physician Edmund Dickinson...

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Brakelond, Jocelin of (fl. 1173–c. 1215), Benedictine monk and biographer, probably came from Brakelond Street in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. He professed at Bury in 1173 and Samson, the future abbot, was his novice master. He became the prior's chaplain, but within four months of ...

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Cassan, Stephen Hyde (1789–1841), ecclesiastical biographer, son of Stephen Cassan, barrister, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Captain Charles Mears, was born at Calcutta, where his father was sheriff. He was educated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, from May 1811 and took his BA degree on 14 January 1815. He received deacon's orders on 26 March 1816, and was ordained priest in 1817. While curate of ...

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Clarke, Samuel (1599–1682), clergyman, ejected minister, and biographer, was born on 10 October 1599 at Wolston, Warwickshire, the son of Hugh Clarke (d. 1634), the vicar there, and Alice Wilson of Coventry. Hugh Clarke, whom Samuel later described as 'a godly, able, faithful and painful Minister' (...

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Samuel Clarke (1599–1682) by Thomas Cross, 1649 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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A. C. Bickley

revised by Karl S. Bottigheimer

Clogie, Alexander (1614–1698), Church of England clergyman and biographer, was born in Scotland and may have attended Trinity College, Dublin. He was admitted to holy orders by Bishop William Bedell of Kilmore in 1636 and collated to the vicarage of Dyne, co. Cavan...

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Earle, John (1598x1601–1665), bishop of Salisbury and character writer, was born at York, the son of Thomas Earle or Earles, registrar of the archbishop's court in the city. He matriculated, 'aged eighteen' (Foster, Alum. Oxon.), from Christ Church, Oxford, on 4 June 1619, but may have been two or three years older and may have already spent some time at the university, and was probably thus also the ...

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John Earle (1598x16011601–1665) by unknown artist, c. 1660 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thompson Cooper

revised by Rosemary Mitchell

England, Thomas Richard (1790–1847), Roman Catholic priest and biographer, the younger son of Thomas England and his wife, Honora Lordan, and brother of John England, bishop of Charleston, was born at Cork. After taking holy orders in the Roman Catholic church he was appointed curate of the church of ...

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Gumble, Thomas (bap. 1626, d. 1676), Church of England clergyman and biographer, was baptized on 22 November 1626 at St Stephen, Norwich, a younger son of John Gumble of that parish. Having attended Norwich School, he was admitted as a sizar to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by Philip Carter

Harris, William (1720–1770), biographer and Presbyterian minister, was born at Salisbury, Wiltshire, the son of a nonconformist tradesman of that city. He was educated for the Presbyterian ministry at Henry Grove and Thomas Amory's academy at Taunton, Somerset. He first officiated at Looe...

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Andrew Kippis (1725–1795) by Francesco Bartolozzi, pubd 1792 (after William Artaud) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kippis, Andrew (1725–1795), Presbyterian minister and biographer, was born in Nottingham on 28 March 1725, the second son of Robert Kippis (c.1698–1730), silk hosier of the city, and his wife, Anne Ryther. His parents were loyal dissenters of Calvinist background, his mother being the granddaughter of ...

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Latymer [Latimer], William (1498/9–1583), dean of Peterborough and biographer of Anne Boleyn, was the second son of William Latymer, a gentleman of Freston, Suffolk, and Anne Bokinge. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, reading canon law and arts and graduating MA in 1536. He has occasionally been confused both with ...

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Lorrain, Paul (d. 1719), Church of England clergyman and criminal biographer, was a Huguenot immigrant to England. Neither the names of his parents nor the details of his education are known, but in 1681 his employer, Samuel Pepys, recorded that, 'his whole family, both by father and mother, are known protestants in ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by John A. Vickers

Moore, Henry (1751–1844), Methodist minister and biographer, only surviving son of Richard Moore (1716/17–1763), farmer and grazier, was born near Dublin on 21 December 1751. He was educated at Oxmantown Green under a clergyman named Williamson and proved himself to be a good classical scholar. He was prevented from going to university by his father's death and instead was apprenticed to a wood-engraver. He practised this skill during visits to ...

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Muirchú [St Muirchú, Muirchú maccu Machthéni] (fl. 697), biographer, is commemorated on 8 June. In his life of St Patrick, Muirchú calls himself Muirchú moccu Machthéni, that is, ‘Muirchú descendant of Machthéine’. Although the forms do not correspond exactly, it seems likely that he was a member of the minor kinship group called ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by S. J. Skedd

Palmer, Samuel (1741–1813), Independent minister and memorialist, was born on 26 March 1741 at Bedford and baptized on 5 April at St Paul's in the town, the son of John and Anna Palmer. He was educated at Bedford grammar school and studied for the ministry from 1756 to 1762 at ...