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Austin, Robert (bap. 1593, d. 1661), Church of England clergyman and political pamphleteer, was born at Guildford, Surrey, the fifth of seven children of George Austin (d. 1621) of Shalford, Surrey, and his second wife, Jane Harrison. He was baptized at Holy Trinity, Guildford...

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Bartlett, Henry (b. 1617/18), Church of England clergyman and letter writer, was the son of John Bartlett of Maiden Newton, Dorset. He matriculated from Wadham College, Oxford, on 16 May 1634, aged sixteen, graduated BA on 16 February 1637, and proceeded MA on 7 July 1640. He became curate of ...

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Bisset, William (1669/70–1747), Church of England clergyman and pamphleteer, was the son of William Bissett of Middlesex. His father was a royalist, but Bisset claimed he was not rewarded for his devotion to the crown. After being educated at Westminster School as a king's scholar (...

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Blomberg, William Nicolas (1702/3–1750), biographer and Church of England clergyman, was the son of Charles John, Baron Blomberg, a nobleman of the duchy of Courland resident in the parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of the physician Edmund Dickinson...

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Clark, Andrew (1856–1922), Church of England clergyman, scholar, and diarist, was born on 5 June 1856 at Dollarfield, Clackmannanshire, the fifth son of Robert Clark, a farm worker, and his wife, Eliza Bowie. He was educated at Dollar Academy and from 1871 to 1875 at the ...

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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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Clogie, Alexander (1614–1698), Church of England clergyman and biographer, was born in Scotland and may have attended Trinity College, Dublin. He was admitted to holy orders by Bishop William Bedell of Kilmore in 1636 and collated to the vicarage of Dyne, co. Cavan...

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Crosfield, Thomas (1602–1663), diarist and Church of England clergyman, was born on 14 May 1602 at Stricklandroger, in the parish of Kendal, Westmorland, the only son of Robert Crosfeild (b. 1573), scrivener, and of Barbara Philipson who died in his infancy. His father, who married secondly in 1606 ...

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Dean, Richard (bap. 1726, d. 1778), essayist and Church of England clergyman, was baptized on 8 November 1726 at Kirkby in Craven (or Kirkby Malham) in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the son of Robert Dean (d. 1766) and his wife, Elizabeth King (...

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Dugard, Thomas (bap. 1608, d. 1683), Church of England clergyman and diarist, was baptized on 10 April 1608, at Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, the second son of Henry Dugard (d. 1635) a clergyman and schoolmaster, and his wife, Elizabeth Kimberley. With his elder brother, ...

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Gumble, Thomas (bap. 1626, d. 1676), Church of England clergyman and biographer, was baptized on 22 November 1626 at St Stephen, Norwich, a younger son of John Gumble of that parish. Having attended Norwich School, he was admitted as a sizar to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge...

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Johnson, Samuel (1649–1703), Church of England clergyman and pamphleteer, was born in Warwickshire. He was educated at St Paul's School, London, and was admitted as a sizar at Trinity College, Cambridge, on 6 June 1666. He matriculated in 1666–7 and received his BA in 1669–70. He was ordained a priest at ...

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Josselin, Ralph (1617–1683), Church of England clergyman and diarist, was born on 26 January 1617 at Roxwell in Essex, the first son and third child of John Josselin (d. 1636), farmer, and his wife, who was probably called Anne.

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Knell, Thomas, the younger (1543/4–c. 1592), Church of England clergyman and pamphleteer, was presumably the son of Thomas Knell the elder (d. 1576/7). When ordained deacon on 24 June 1567 by Edmund Grindal, bishop of London, he was living at Great Stambridge, Essex...

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Latymer [Latimer], William (1498/9–1583), dean of Peterborough and biographer of Anne Boleyn, was the second son of William Latymer, a gentleman of Freston, Suffolk, and Anne Bokinge. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, reading canon law and arts and graduating MA in 1536. He has occasionally been confused both with ...

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Lorrain, Paul (d. 1719), Church of England clergyman and criminal biographer, was a Huguenot immigrant to England. Neither the names of his parents nor the details of his education are known, but in 1681 his employer, Samuel Pepys, recorded that, 'his whole family, both by father and mother, are known protestants in ...

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Madox, Richard (1546–1583), Church of England clergyman and diarist, was born on 11 November 1546, probably at Uffington, Shropshire, where he lived at some time. His parentage has not been ascertained, but he had two brothers, Thomas being older. He was attending Shrewsbury School...

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Penrose, John (1713–1776), letter writer and Church of England clergyman, was born in Exeter on 22 September 1713, the younger of the two sons of Joseph Penrose (1688–1756), a tailor originally from Bodmin, and Frances, née Paul (d. 1756), from Exeter. John Penrose...

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Price, Joseph (1736?–1807), Church of England clergyman and diarist, was probably born in East Anglia. The nature of his early education is unknown, but he was brought up as a dissenter and maintained contact with several leading dissenters throughout his life. His father had been a successful tradesman in ...