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Byrth, Thomas (1793–1849), Church of England clergyman and author, was the son of John Byrth, of Stoke Damerell, Devon, a man of Irish descent, who married Mary Hobling, a member of an old Cornish family. He was born at Plymouth Dock on 11 September 1793, and received his early education in that town and at ...


Dyer, William (1632/3–1696), clergyman and ejected minister, probably came from the west country: at the time of his death a brother and a sister were living in Tedburn St Mary in Devon, another brother in Chard, Somerset. Nothing is as yet known of his parents or his education....


Edmund Hickeringill (bap. 1631, d. 1708) by Joseph Nutting, pubd 1707 (after James Jull) © Copyright The British Museum


Hickeringill, Edmund (bap. 1631, d. 1708), Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist, was born in Aberford (near Leeds) where he was baptized on 19 September 1631. His father, Edmund Hickhorngill, the subject of a public proclamation in 1638 for absenting himself from church, was a recusant and the favoured servant of the papist ...


Keith, George (1638?–1716), Quaker schismatic and Church of England clergyman, was born in Aberdeenshire; the names of his parents are unknown, though he may have been given his Christian name after his father. He attended Marischal College, Aberdeen, where he graduated MA in 1657. ...