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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...


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


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 ...


Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Towers, Joseph (1737–1799), biographer and Presbyterian minister, was born on 31 March 1737 in Southwark, where his father was a secondhand bookseller. At the age of twelve he was employed as an errand-boy to a stationer at the Royal Exchange and in 1754 was apprenticed to ...