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Bedford, Arthur (bap. 1668, d. 1745), Church of England clergyman and moral reformer, was baptized on 8 September 1668 at Tiddenham, Gloucestershire, the son of Richard Bedford, who was himself a Church of England clergyman. He was educated in 'grammar learning' (Bodl. Oxf., MS Rawl. J, fol. 2, fol. 160...

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Disney, John (1677–1730), Church of England clergyman and moral reformer, was born at Lincoln on 26 December 1677, the son of Daniel Disney (1656–1734) of Swinderbury and his wife, Catherine Fynes (d. 1690). None of his four brothers and four sisters survived childhood. He was educated at grammar school and at a dissenting academy in ...

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John Disney (1677–1730) by Robert White, pubd 1710 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Woodward, Josiah (1657–1712), Church of England clergyman and moral reformer, was born on 13 February 1657 at Dursley, Gloucestershire, son of Joseph Woodward (c.1616–1662), the Presbyterian rector of Dursley, and his wife, Ann. He matriculated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, on 14 March 1673; he took a BA in 1676, an MA in 1679, and BD and DD in 1699. The date and place of his ordination, along with his activities in the 1680s, remain to be established, but he may well have been serving in a clerical capacity somewhere in ...