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Alington, Cyril Argentine (1872–1955), headmaster and dean of Durham, was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, on 22 October 1872, the second son of the Revd Henry Giles Alington (1837–1928), an inspector of schools, and his wife, Jane Margaret Booth (d. 1910). In 1886 he went with classical scholarships to ...

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Argentine [formerly Sexton], Richard (1510/11–1568), schoolmaster and Church of England clergyman, entered Winchester College, as Richard Sexton, of Milton, Dorset, in 1524, aged thirteen. A fellow of New College for ten years from 1528, he proceeded BA in 1532 and MA in 1536. At ...

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Bancroft, Thomas (1756–1811), Church of England clergyman and schoolmaster, was born in Deansgate, Manchester, son of Thomas Bancroft, a thread maker. He was educated at Manchester grammar school from the age of six and at Brasenose College, Oxford, whence he matriculated on 8 April 1778, aged twenty-two. He graduated BA in 1781 and was awarded his MA in 1784. After leaving ...

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Barrett, Stephen (bap. 1719, d. 1801), schoolmaster and Church of England clergyman, was born at Bent, in the parish of Kildwick in Craven, Yorkshire, and was baptized there on 14 May 1719, the son of Peter Barrett of Sutton, Yorkshire, and his wife, ...

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Bickersteth, (Kenneth) Julian Faithfull (1885–1962), headmaster and Church of England clergyman, was born on 5 July 1885 at Ripon, Yorkshire, the third of the six sons of Canon Samuel Bickersteth (1857–1937), canon of Canterbury and chaplain to the king, and his wife, Ella Chlora Faithfull (1858–1954)...

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Bidlake, John (1755–1814), schoolmaster and Church of England clergyman, was born in Plymouth, the son of Richard Bidlake, a jeweller of that city who came from a family with Totnes connections. His home life appears to have been a source of happiness to him, judging by some of the references in his semi-autobiographical ...

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Birch, Samuel (1620/21–1680), ejected minister and schoolmaster, was baptized in Manchester on 18 February 1621, a younger son of Samuel Birch (d. in or after 1648) of Ardwick Manor, Manchester, and Mary (d. 1659/60), daughter of Ralph Smith of Doblane House, Lancashire...

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Blake, Thomas William Jex- (1832–1915), headmaster and dean of Wells, was born at 2 Cumberland Terrace, Regent's Park, London, on 26 January 1832, the eldest surviving son of the two sons and four daughters of Thomas Jex-Blake (1790–1868) of Bunwell, Norfolk, and Brighton...

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Bonwicke, Ambrose (1652–1722), nonjuring Church of England clergyman and schoolmaster, son of the Revd John Bonwicke BD (1622–1698), later rector of East Horsley and of Mickleham in Surrey, was born on 29 April 1652 at East Horsley. On 11 September 1663 he entered ...

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Booth, Bartholomew (bap. 1732, d. 1785), Church of England clergyman and schoolmaster, was born at Mellor, Derbyshire, where he was baptized in the village chapel on 7 October 1732, the son of Bartholomew Booth (d. 1750), the village schoolmaster. His family appears to have belonged to a cadet branch of the ...

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Boucher, Jonathan (1738–1804), schoolmaster and Church of England clergyman, was born on 12 March 1738 in Cumberland to James Boucher, schoolmaster and manager of an alehouse, and Anne Barnes, both descendants of Norman aristocracy whose family had fallen on hard times. Although a poor businessman, ...

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Jonathan Boucher (1738–1804) by Daniel Gardner, c. 1785 Yale University Art Gallery. Photograph: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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Boutflower, Henry Crewe (1796–1863), Church of England clergyman and headmaster, was the son of John Johnson Boutflower, surgeon, of Salford, and was born there on 25 October 1796. The Boutflowers were an important clerical family in the Manchester area. Henry was educated at ...

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George Granville Bradley (1821–1903) by John Jabez Edwin Mayall, pubd 1883 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bradley, George Granville (1821–1903), dean of Westminster and schoolmaster, born at High Wycombe on 11 December 1821, was the fourth son of Charles Bradley (1789–1871) and his first wife, Catherine Shepherd (d. 1831). The literary scholar A. C. Bradley and the philosopher ...

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Browne, Thomas (c. 1535–1585), Church of England clergyman and headmaster, was born in London. He was a king's scholar at Westminster School from about 1546 to 1550, whence on 13 August 1550 he was admitted as a scholar of King's College, Cambridge; he matriculated in 1550 and took his BA in 1554/5, coming first in his year. Further academic honours followed. A fellow of ...

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Burghall, Edward (bap. 1600, d. 1665), clergyman and ejected minister, and schoolmaster, was baptized on 9 December 1600 at Beeston township in the parish of Bunbury, Cheshire, one of seven known children of Hugh Burghall (d. 1632) of Beeston, in Bunbury, a yeoman of an established local family, and his wife, ...

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Butler, George (1774–1853), headmaster and dean of Peterborough, was born in Pimlico, London, on 5 July 1774, being the second son of the Revd Weeden Butler the elder (1742–1823), and Anne, daughter of Isaac Louis Giberne. He was educated in his father's school, ...

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Butler, George (1819–1890), headmaster and Church of England clergyman, born at Harrow, Middlesex, on 11 June 1819, was the eldest of the ten children of George Butler (1774–1853), headmaster of Harrow School, and his wife, Sarah Maria, eldest daughter of John Gray of ...

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George Butler (1819–1890) by unknown photographer, in or before 1890 © National Portrait Gallery, London