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Allies, Thomas William (1813–1903), theologian and Roman Catholic convert, born at Midsomer Norton, Somerset, on 12 February 1813, was the son of Thomas Allies, curate of Henbury, Bristol, and later rector of Wormington, and his wife, Frances Elizabeth Fripp, daughter of a Bristol...

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Baring, George (1781–1854), leader of the Western Schism and seceder from the Church of England, was born on 23 September 1781 in Mincing Lane, City of London, the fifth son of Sir Francis Baring (1740–1810), the founder of Baring Brothers merchant bank and a whig MP, and his wife, ...

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Barnard, John [known as John Augustine Bernard] (b. 1660/61, d. in or after 1713), Roman Catholic convert and author, was the son of John Barnard (d. 1683), rector of Waddington, Lincolnshire, and his wife, Lettice, daughter of Peter Heylyn. Having matriculated from ...

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Bellasis, Edward (1800–1873), serjeant-at-law and Roman Catholic convert, the only son of the Revd George Bellasis of Queen's College, Oxford, rector of Yattendon and vicar of Basilden and Ashampstead, Berkshire, and his second wife, Leah Cooper, only surviving child and heir of Emery Viall...

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Best [Beste], Henry Digby (1768–1836), Roman Catholic convert and author, was born in Lincoln on 21 October 1768, the son of Henry Best (1730–1782), prebendary of Lincoln from 1762. His mother, Magdalen (d. 1797), the daughter of Kenelm Digby of North Luffenham...

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Francis Bugg (1640–1727) by Frederick Hendrick van Hove, 1700 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bugg, Francis (1640–1727), Quaker apostate, was born at Mildenhall, Suffolk, on 10 March 1640 and baptized on 14 March. His father was Robert (d. c.1667), the second son of Francis and Margaret Bugg; his mother, Joan, the daughter of Thomas and ...

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Bulteel, Henry Bellenden (1800–1866), religious controversialist and seceder from the Church of England, was born on 14 September 1800 at Bellevue, Turnchapel, Plymstock, the fourth of the ten children of Thomas Hillersdon Bulteel (1766–1815) of Bellevue, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Christopher Harris...

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Carier, Benjamin (bap. 1565, d. 1614), Church of England clergyman and Roman Catholic convert, was baptized on 6 January 1565 at Boughton Monchelsea, Kent, the third child and eldest son of the four sons and five daughters of Anthony Carier (d. 1580)...

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Richard Carpenter (1604/55–?1670) by William Marshall, 1641 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Carpenter, Richard (1604/5–1670?), Roman Catholic priest and apostate, was the son of William Carpenter (d. 1611) of Denshanger, Passenham, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Thomas Piggot of Doddershall, Quainton, Buckinghamshire. Born at Doddershall, he had one brother and two sisters. ...

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Connelly, Pierce (1804–1883), apostate Episcopal priest and anti-Catholic pamphleteer, was born on 9 August 1804 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the eldest of four sons of Henry Connelly, a cabinet-maker, and his second wife, Elizabeth Pierce. He married Cornelia Peacock [see Connelly, Cornelia (1809-1879)...

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Copley [alias Luttrell], John (c. 1577–1662), protestant convert and Church of England clergyman, was born at Louvain in the Spanish Netherlands, the fourth and youngest surviving son of Thomas Copley (1532–1584) of Gatton, Surrey, and Roughay, Sussex, a coheir of Lord Hoo and Hastings...

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Deane, Thomas (1651–1735), Roman Catholic convert, was the son of Edward Deane of Malden, Kent. He matriculated from University College, Oxford, on 19 October 1669, the same day as his friend and future colleague Nathaniel Boyse, and subscribed the articles and took the oath of supremacy in the following month, when he was probably admitted a servitor. He graduated BA in 1673 and MA in 1676. He became a tutor in the college, of which he was elected fellow on 4 December 1684, and Greek lecturer. He 'declared himself a papist much about the same time that his master, ...

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Everard, John (b. 1586/7?), Roman Catholic convert and author, presented himself in 1610 at the English College, Rome, giving a somewhat confusing account of his life thus far. He was two months short of either his twenty-third or his twenty-fourth birthday, and had been born a younger son at ...

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Forester, James (c. 1560–1622?), separatist apostate and Church of England clergyman, was born in Cambridge of unknown parents. He matriculated at Clare College, Cambridge, in Easter term 1576, graduating BA in 1580 and MA in 1583. Forester was ordained deacon on 21 July 1585, aged twenty-five, by the bishop of ...

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Gordon, John [known as John Clement Gordon] (1644–1726), Scottish Episcopal bishop of Galloway and Roman Catholic convert, was the son of John Gordon of Coldwells, in the parish of Ellon, Aberdeenshire. He was educated in England, becoming a chaplain to the navy, and was a royal chaplain 'apud ...

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Haigh, Daniel Henry (1819–1879), Roman Catholic convert and antiquary, was the son of George Haigh, a calico printer. He was born at Brinscall Hall, Wheelton, near Chorley, Lancashire, on 7 August 1819. Before the age of seventeen he lost both his parents and became head of the family, as the eldest of three brothers who had inherited a large fortune. He spent some time in business at ...

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Hales, Sir Edward, third baronet and Jacobite first earl of Tenterden (1645–1695), courtier and Roman Catholic convert, was born on 28 September 1645, the eldest son (of four) of Sir Edward Hales, second baronet (1626–1683/4), of Tunstall Place, Kent, and his wife, Anne (...

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Hungerford, Sir Anthony (bap. 1567, d. 1627), religious convert and author, was baptized on 29 October 1567 at Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, the second son of Anthony Hungerford (d. 1589) of Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, and his wife, Bridget, daughter of John Shelley of ...