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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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W. G. D. Fletcher

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Williams, Sir John Bickerton (1792–1855), nonconformist memorialist, son of William Williams of Broseley, Shropshire, and his wife, Hannah, daughter of John Bickerton, was born on 4 March 1792 at Sandford Hall, West Felton, Shropshire; he was a collateral relative of the family of the seventeenth-century nonconformist divines ...

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Alexander Gordon

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Wilson, Walter (1781–1847), nonconformist biographer, was the illegitimate son of John Walter (1739?–1812), the founder of The Times, and Catherine Wilson. From his father he inherited a one-sixteenth share in the newspaper, which he retained until his death. He became a bookseller with the legal publisher ...