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Abbot, Robert (fl. c. 1589–1652), Church of England clergyman and religious writer, was most probably the Robert Abbot who graduated BA from Peterhouse, Cambridge, in 1605 and was incorporated MA at Oxford on 14 July 1607. Nothing is known of his family background and early life, but in 1639 he wrote '...

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Adams, Thomas (1631/2–1670), ejected minister and writer on Christian doctrine, was born at Woodchurch parsonage, Cheshire, one of at least three sons of Charles Adams and his wife, Isabel Bennet 'the daughter of a worthy gentleman'—Thomas Bennet, from the same parish (...

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Henry Alford (1810–1871) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alford, Henry (1810–1871), dean of Canterbury and biblical scholar, was born at 25 Alfred Place, Bedford Square, London, on 10 October 1810, the son of the Revd Henry Alford (1782–1852), an evangelical and the son and grandson of evangelical clergy, and his first wife, ...

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Allchin, Arthur Macdonald [Donald] (1930–2010), Church of England clergyman and theologian, was born at 48 Birch Grove, Acton, London, on 20 April 1930, the third son and youngest of four surviving children of Frank Macdonald Allchin (1891–1977), physician, and his wife, Louise Maude, ...

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Alleine, Joseph (bap. 1634, d. 1668), ejected minister and devotional writer, was born in a house next to the Poultry Market, Devizes, Wiltshire, and baptized on 8 April 1634, at St John's Church, there, the fourth child of Tobias Alleine (d. 1667)...

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Allen, Robert (fl. 1582–1612), Church of England clergyman and religious writer, was probably the Robert Alen who matriculated as a sizar at Pembroke College, Cambridge, at Easter 1582 and graduated BA in 1585–6 and MA in 1589. In the epistle dedicatory to The Doctrine of the Gospel...

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Allenson, John (d. 1619), Church of England clergyman and literary editor, was born in Durham. He matriculated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1576, and the same year moved to St John's College as an Ashton scholar. He graduated BA in 1580, was ordained deacon at ...

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Allix, Peter [Pierre] (1641–1717), Church of England clergyman and religious writer, was the son of Pierre Allix, pastor of the Reformed church at Alençon in Normandy. After education at the protestant academy at Saumur, where in 1664 he participated in a disputation published as ...

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Anderson, Anthony (d. 1593), Church of England clergyman and theological writer, is said by Tanner to have been born in Lancashire. Between 1560 and 1569 he was the archdeacon of Leicester's commissary, and in the latter year investigated the case of one Agnes Bowker...

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Arnald, Richard (1698/1700–1756), Church of England clergyman and biblical scholar, was born in 1698 (Venn, Alum. Cant.) or 1700 (Nichols). He was educated at Bishop Stortford School, whereafter in 1714 he was admitted to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and matriculated the next year. Having graduated BA he moved in 1718 to ...

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Ashton, Thomas (bap. 1715, d. 1775), Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist, son of the Revd Francis Ashton, usher of Lancaster grammar school, was baptized on 22 May 1715 at Bolton-le-Sands, Lancashire. Ashton was educated at Eton College from 1730. Intellectually precocious but socially withdrawn—he was taciturn as well as physically awkward, being both tall and ungainly—...

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Aylesbury, Thomas (bap. 1597, d. 1660/61), Church of England clergyman and religious writer, was baptized at St Martin's, Birmingham, on 17 July 1597, the eldest of eight children of William Aylesbury (d. in or after 1641) and his wife, Dorothy Walton (...

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Baelz, Peter Richard (1923–2000), theologian and Church of England clergyman, was born on 27 July 1923 at Ivybank, Queen's Road, Forest Hill, London. His German Lutheran parents, Eberhard Friedrich Wolfgang Baelz, export merchant, and Adine Elsie Dora Focke, sent him to Dulwich College...

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Ball, John (1585–1640), Church of England clergyman and religious writer, was born at Cassington, Oxfordshire, in early October 1585, the son of William Ball and his wife, Agnes Mabet. Although in humble circumstances, his parents sent him to a private school in the neighbouring village of ...

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Ball, Thomas (1590–1659), hagiographer and Church of England clergyman, was born at Alberbury, Shropshire, of unknown parents. In 1613 he was appointed usher of a Mr Puller's school at Epping, Essex, and it was his employer's letter of recommendation which introduced him to ...

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Bancroft, George (d. 1573?), religious writer and Church of England clergyman, is first recorded in 1544, when he was presented by Giles Gore, esquire, to the Wiltshire rectory of Grittleton. On 14 October 1547, still incumbent of Grittleton and now also chaplain to ...

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Barnes, William Emery (1859–1939), Church of England clergyman and biblical scholar, was born in London on 26 May 1859, the younger son of Samuel Emery Barnes, wine merchant, of London, and his wife, Charlotte Ann Noss. He was educated at Islington proprietary school...

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Baro, Peter (1534–1599), Reformed minister and religious controversialist, was born at Étampes (Seine-et-Oise), France, the son of Étienne Baron and his wife, Philippe Petit; in his autobiographical notes Peter says he was one of many children, first mentioning brothers Jean and Florent, so he was perhaps the third to survive. The family is believed to have belonged to the rich ...