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Alfred Ainger (1837–1904) by George Du Maurier, c. 1881 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ainger, Alfred [pseud. Doubleday] (1837–1904), writer and Church of England clergyman, born at 10 Doughty Street, London, on 9 February 1837, was the youngest of the four children of Alfred Ainger (1797–1859) and his first wife, Marianne Jagger (d. 1839) of ...

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Richard Harris Barham (1788–1845) by Richard James Lane, 1842–3 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barham, Richard Harris (1788–1845), writer and Church of England clergyman, was born on 6 December 1788 at 61 Burgate Street, Canterbury, the only (and illegitimate) son of Richard Harris Barham (bap. 1748, d. 1795), alderman, of Tappington Everard, Kent, and Elizabeth Fox (...

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Boswell [Bozwel], John (1698–1757), author and Church of England clergyman, the son of John Boswell or Bozwel, of Puddletown, Dorset, was descended from a Gloucestershire family, and was born at Dorchester on 23 January 1698. After attending the school at Abbey Milton under the ...

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Bradley, Edward [pseud. Cuthbert Bede] (1827–1889), author and Church of England clergyman, the second son of Thomas Bradley, a surgeon, was born in Swan Street, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, on 25 March 1827. His family had literary pretensions: his brother, Thomas Waldron Bradley, published two novels, ...

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Butler, Weeden (1742–1823), author and Church of England clergyman, was born at Margate, Kent, on 22 September 1742. He was articled to a solicitor in London, but left the legal profession for the church. He acted as amanuensis to the Magdalen House chaplain, ...

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Cattermole, Richard (1795?–1858), writer and Church of England clergyman, was a brother of George Cattermole (1800–1868), the artist. As a youth he drew some illustrations for John Britton's volumes of the History and Antiquities of Cathedral Churches. He was admitted as a sizar at ...

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Colton, (Charles) Caleb (bap. 1777, d. 1832), writer and Church of England clergyman, was baptized at Shrivenham, Berkshire, on 11 December 1777, the son of Barfoot Colton (bap. 1736, d. 1803), who had been elected to King's College, Cambridge, in 1755, and was afterwards canon of ...

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Covell, William (d. 1613), writer and Church of England clergyman, was born at Chatterton, Lancashire. Having matriculated as a pensioner from Christ's College, Cambridge, at Lent 1581, he graduated BA in 1585 and proceeded MA in 1588. In 1595 he published Polimanteia, or, The meanes lawfull and unlawfull, to judge of the fall of a common-wealth, against the frivolous and foolish conjectures of this age, whereunto is added, a letter from England to her three daughters, Cambridge, Oxford, innes of court, and to all the rest of her inhabitants: perswading them to a constant unitie of what religion soever they are, for the defence of our dread soveraigne, and native cuntry: most requisite for this time wherein wee now live...

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George Croly (1780–1860) by William Brockedon, 1832 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Croly, George (1780–1860), writer and Church of England clergyman, was born in Dublin on 17 August 1780, the son of Robert Croly, a physician there. Of his ancestry, sources mention only a family long settled in northern Ireland, characterizing Croly himself as '...

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Crowley, Robert (1517x19–1588), author, Church of England clergyman, and printer, was born in Gloucestershire, possibly in Tetbury; John Bale, however, describes him as a native of Northamptonshire. One source (Emden, Oxf., 153) gives his age as twenty on 25 July 1539; others indicate that he was born in 1517 (...

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Daniel, Evan (1837–1904), Church of England clergyman, educationist, and author, born at Pontypool on 4 September 1837, was the second son of Evan Daniel of Pontypool, builder and architect, and his wife, Sarah Beach. After education at the national school, Pontypool, he entered ...

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Dillon, Robert Crawford (1795–1847), author and rebel Church of England clergyman, was born in the rectory house of St Margaret's, Lothbury, in the City of London, on 22 May 1795. His parents' names are unknown, but his father is said to have died when ...

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Draxe, Thomas (d. 1618/19), author and Church of England clergyman, was born at Stoneleigh, near Coventry, possibly (as Thomas Fuller suggests) a member of the Draxe family of Woodhall near Wombwell, Yorkshire. He matriculated pensioner at Christ's College, Cambridge, in December 1588, graduated BA probably in 1595, and was admitted BD in 1609. It is possible that he is the ...

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Earbery, Matthias (1690–1740), writer and nonjuring Church of England clergyman, was born on 11 July 1690 in Hoveton St Peter, Norfolk, the son of the Revd Matthias Earbery (d. 1735), vicar of Hoveton and Neatished. Matthias Earbery the elder had sworn allegiance to ...

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England, George (fl. 1733–1737), author and Church of England clergyman, of whose upbringing details are uncertain, was a member of the England family who were prominent in the politics of Great Yarmouth during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Dictionary of National Biography...

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Fleming, Abraham (c. 1552–1607), author, literary editor, and Church of England clergyman, identified himself in his published works as 'London borne'. His elder brother, Samuel, having attended Eton College, matriculated at King's College, Cambridge, in 1565, aged seventeen. At about the same age ...

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Sabine Baring- Gould (1834–1924) by W. & D. Downey, pubd 1893 © National Portrait Gallery, London