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William Webb Ellis (1806–1872) by unknown engraver, pubd 1854 (after Richard Beard) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Ellis, William Webb (1806–1872), Church of England clergyman and supposed originator of rugby, was born in Salford, Lancashire, on 24 November 1806, the younger of two sons of James Ellis (d. 1812), soldier, who had married Ann Webb at St Peter's, Exeter...