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William Alabaster (1568–1640) by John Payne (after Cornelius Johnson) © Copyright The British Museum

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Alabaster, William (1568–1640), Church of England clergyman and writer, was born in Hadleigh, Suffolk, on 27 February 1568, the son of Roger Alabaster (c.1539–1618), a merchant; his mother was Bridget Winthrop (1543–1614), whose father had been master of the Clothworkers and lord of ...

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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 '...

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Bayly, Thomas (d. c. 1657), Church of England clergyman and Roman Catholic controversialist, was the fourth son of Dr Lewis Bayly (c. 1575–1631), bishop of Bangor, and his first wife, probably named Judith Appleton. His brother was John Bayly (1595/6–1633), scholar and clergyman. He was educated at ...

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Bellew [formerly Higgin], John Chippendall Montesquieu (1823–1874), popular preacher and public reader, was born at Lancaster on 3 August 1823. He was the only child of an infantry officer, Captain Robert Higgin (d. 1853) of the 12th regiment, who had married in 1822 a daughter of ...

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Burgess, Richard (1796–1881), Church of England clergyman, was born on 4 December 1796 at Sowerby, near Thirsk in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the fourth son of Paul Burgess and his wife, Mary, née Read. He was a convert from Roman Catholicism, who was ordained deacon in 1820 and priest in 1823 by ...

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Caesar, Henry Adelmare (1564/5–1636), dean of Ely, was probably born at his father's house in the Old Priory, St Helen, Bishopsgate, London, the fifth son of Cesare Adelmare (d. 1569) [see under Caesar, Sir Julius], physician, and Margaret (or Margery) (...

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Carier, Benjamin (bap. 1565, d. 1614), Church of England clergyman and Roman Catholic convert, was baptized on 6 January 1565 at Boughton Monchelsea, Kent, the third child and eldest son of the four sons and five daughters of Anthony Carier (d. 1580)...

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Cole, Henry (1504/5–1579/80), dean of St Paul's and religious controversialist, was born at Godshill, Isle of Wight. He entered Winchester College in 1519 at the age of fourteen, and was admitted to New College, Oxford, on 26 October 1521, becoming a fellow exactly two years later, and retaining his fellowship until 1540. ...

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Copley [alias Luttrell], John (c. 1577–1662), protestant convert and Church of England clergyman, was born at Louvain in the Spanish Netherlands, the fourth and youngest surviving son of Thomas Copley (1532–1584) of Gatton, Surrey, and Roughay, Sussex, a coheir of Lord Hoo and Hastings...

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Cullen, John (c. 1838–1914), Church of England clergyman and poet, born at Newport, co. Tipperary, Ireland, was the son of a farmer from Newport. Possibly educated privately and at St Aiden's, he briefly entered Trinity College, Dublin, in July 1867 but did not proceed to a degree. By this time he was already working within the ...

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Darell, William (d. in or after 1580), Church of England clergyman and antiquary, was related to the Darells of Calehill, Little Chart, Kent, who adhered to Rome after the Reformation. Otherwise nothing is known about his family or early life before 1546, when he was presented to ...

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William Dodsworth (1798–1861) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dodsworth, William (1798–1861), Tractarian clergyman and Roman Catholic writer, was born on 19 March 1798 at Kirk Ella, Yorkshire, the third son of wealthy Hull timber merchant, John Dodsworth (1765–1818), and his wife, Harriet Haydon (d. 1837). He was educated at Richmond School, Yorkshire...

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John Donne (1572–1631) by Isaac Oliver, 1616 The Royal Collection © 2004 HM Queen Elizabeth II

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Donne, John (1572–1631), poet and Church of England clergyman, was born between 24 January and 19 June 1572 at his father's house in Bread Street, London, the third of six known children of John Donne (c.1535–1576), warden of the Ironmongers' Company...

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Frederick William Faber (1814–1863) by unknown photographer © reserved

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Faber, Frederick William (1814–1863), Church of England clergyman and Roman Catholic priest, was born on 28 June 1814, the fourth surviving son of Thomas Henry Faber (1779–1833) and his wife, Betty Atkinson (d. 1829), daughter of Thomas Atkinson of Bradford, at Calverley vicarage...

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Fills, Robert (c. 1521–1578), translator and Church of England clergyman, is of obscure parentage. However, it is likely that he belonged to the Fell family who in the sixteenth century were distributed in the Furness district of Lancashire. Fills may plausibly be identified with the ...

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Gavin, Antonio (fl. 1716–1726), Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist, was born in Saragossa, Spain; there he was educated at the university and graduated MA. Before he was twenty-three he received ordination as a secular priest in the church of Rome. Having subsequently determined to embrace protestantism he escaped from ...