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Addison, John (d. 1540), clergyman, was born in York diocese and studied at Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1506, subsequently proceeding MA (1509), BD (1515), and DD (1523). A fellow of Pembroke College from 1505 to 1522, on which title he was ordained priest at ...

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Ball, Nathanael (c. 1623–1681), clergyman and ejected minister, was born at Pitminster, near Taunton Dean, Somerset, and later attended the school there. From Pitminster he went to Cambridge University, matriculating as a sizar from King's College at Easter 1644. He cannot, therefore, be the ...

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Ball, Thomas (1590–1659), hagiographer and Church of England clergyman, was born at Alberbury, Shropshire, of unknown parents. In 1613 he was appointed usher of a Mr Puller's school at Epping, Essex, and it was his employer's letter of recommendation which introduced him to ...

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Barber, John (c. 1500–1549), clergyman and civil lawyer, is of obscure origins. He was a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, from 1528 to 1538, having graduated as a bachelor of canon law (4 February 1525) and of civil law (19 February 1528). He became a member of the ...

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Barclay, Alexander (c. 1484–1552), poet and clergyman, was born at a place and date that are still obscure. John Bale, in the mid-sixteenth century, described him once as 'English', once as 'Scottish', and stated on a third occasion that 'some contend that he was a Scot, others an Englishman' (...

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Bellasis, Anthony (d. 1552), clergyman and civilian, was the second son of Thomas Bellasis of Henknowle, co. Durham, and Margaret, née Thirkell. He was thus a member of a prominent border gentry family; his elder brother, Richard Bellasis [see under Bellasis family...

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Benn, William (1600–1681), clergyman and ejected minister, was born in November 1600 at Egremont, Cumberland, the son of John Benn (d. 1620) and his wife, Ann, daughter of John Goodwyn. He was educated at St Bee's School and Queen's College, Oxford, but took no degree. During the 1620s he was curate of ...

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Bennet [Bennett], Robert (d. 1687), clergyman and ejected minister, is a figure whose birth and parentage remain unknown; he may have come from Derbyshire, as the Dictionary of National Biography suggested. He matriculated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, in 1631, graduating BA in 1635 and proceeding MA in 1638. His one published book designated him BD on the title-page, but there is no other indication that he had received this degree. In 1645 ...

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Benson [name in religion Boston], William (d. 1549), abbot then dean of Westminster, is said to have been born at Peterborough, though his name in religion implies that he was originally from Boston, Lincolnshire. As a monk of Peterborough Abbey he appeared as witness in a ...

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Blythe, Geoffrey (1496/7–1542), clergyman, was the son of Thomas Blythe of Barnby, Yorkshire, where he was born. He was probably the nephew of Geoffrey Blythe, bishop of Lichfield, and of John Blythe, bishop of Salisbury; presumably it was the former who arranged for his younger namesake to be educated at ...

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Brayne, John (d. 1654), clergyman and Seeker, was settled by parliament as minister of St John's, in the Soke, Winchester, from the late 1640s until his death. His fame rests on the flurry of tracts he published in his last years, and little is known of his background. He may have come from ...

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Brinsley, John (1600–1665), clergyman and ejected minister, was born at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, the son of John Brinsley (bap. 1566, d. in or after 1624), the renowned puritan schoolmaster at Ashby, and his wife, Barbara (b. 1578), who was a sister of Joseph Hall...

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Bryan, John (d. 1676), clergyman and ejected minister, was the son of Susanna Bryan, later Hopkins (d. 1673), and elder brother of another ejected minister, Jarvis (or Gervase) Bryan, twenty years his junior. John Bryan matriculated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1620, graduated BA in 1627, and proceeded MA in 1632. He was created BD in 1645 and DD in 1651. He was ordained deacon in September, and priest in December, 1623. In June 1632 he was presented by ...

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Burges, Cornelius (d. 1665), Church of England clergyman and ejected minister, was a native of Somerset. In 1611 he entered the University of Oxford, probably with the intention to study at Wadham College, which had been newly founded by Sir Nicholas Wadham and his wife, ...

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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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Hezekiah Burton (bap. 1632, d. 1681) by Mary Beale, c. 1674 The Master and Fellows, Magdalene College, Cambridge

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Burton, Hezekiah (bap. 1632, d. 1681), Church of England clergyman, was baptized in the village of Sutton-cum-Lound, Nottinghamshire, on 23 April 1632, the son of Hezekiah Burton, a clergyman, and his wife, Anne. He attended school in Sutton-cum-Lound before being admitted to Magdalene College, Cambridge...