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Aggrey, James Emman Kwegyir (1875–1927), pastor and educationist, was born at Anomabu, Gold Coast, on 18 October 1875, the son of Kodwo Kwegyir Aggrey, a gold assayer and official at the court of the Fanti chiefdom of Anomabu, and his wife, Abena Andua...

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Anderson, George Wishart (1913–2002), biblical scholar and Methodist minister, was born on 25 January 1913 at 35 Elliot Street, Arbroath, the elder child of George Anderson (1879–1957), a cabinet-maker, and his wife, Margaret Gordon, née Wishart (1880–1964). His parents were both Scottish. He was educated at ...

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Atmore, Charles (1759–1826), Methodist minister, was born at Heacham, Norfolk, on 17 August 1759, the son of a ship's captain at King's Lynn. His mother died when he was eighteen months and he was brought up by an uncle and aunt and educated at the village school. At the age of fourteen he accompanied his father on a voyage to ...

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Joseph Barker (1806–1875) by John Cochran, pubd 1880 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barker, Joseph (1806–1875), Methodist minister and politico-religious controversialist, was born on 11 May 1806 at Bramley, near Leeds. His ancestors, originally of Keighley, had been settled in this area for several generations as farmers and manufacturers. The identity of his parents has not been discovered, though it is known that his father was employed in woollen manufacture and served for some time in the militia, and that ...

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Barrett, (Charles) Kingsley (1917–2011), Methodist minister and New Testament scholar, was born on 4 May 1917 at 59 Howard Street, Salford, the son of Fred Barrett (1880–1957), United Methodist minister, and his wife, Clara, née Seed (1879–1941), who had been a Methodist deaconess. He attended ...

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Bennet, John (1715–1759), Methodist preacher and Independent minister, was born on 1 March 1715 in Whitehough, near Chinley, Derbyshire, the younger son of William Bennet (c.1677–1766), farmer, and his wife, Ann (d. 1752). Raised as a presbyterian, he was educated at a school in ...

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Brackenbury, Robert Carr (1752–1818), Methodist preacher, was born at Panton House in Lincolnshire and baptized on 28 April 1752, the first child of Carr Brackenbury and Isabella, daughter of William Booth of Ashby Puerorum. He was educated at Felsted School and, from 20 May 1769, at ...

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Bradburn, Samuel (1751–1816), Methodist minister, was born in Gibraltar on 5 October 1751, the youngest son of the thirteen children of Isaac Bradburn (1719–1794), a gardener turned army private, and his wife, a Mrs Bold (1722–1775), the daughter of Samuel Jones, a Wrexham...

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Bradford, Robert John (1941–1981), Methodist minister and politician, was born in Roe Valley District Hospital, Limavady, co. Londonderry, on 8 June 1941, the seventh child of George Bradford, a labourer and later a milkman, and his wife, Lily, née Wright. His parents, who were wartime evacuees from ...

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Bramwell, William (1759–1818), Methodist preacher, was born in Elswick, Lancashire, in February 1759, the tenth of eleven children of George Bramwell, a farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth, devout Anglicans. After a village education William was apprenticed to a Liverpool merchant in 1775, then to a ...

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Carter, Henry [Harry] (1749–1829), smuggler and Methodist preacher, was born early in 1749 at Pengersick, Germoe parish, near Breage, Cornwall, the seventh of ten children of Francis Carter (bap. 1712, d. 1774), smallholder and miner, and Annice Williams (1714–1784). Henry (always known as ...

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Cayley, Cornelius (1727–1779), Methodist preacher and writer, was born in Brompton, Yorkshire, on 23 April 1727, the son of Simeon and Elizabeth Cayley. He was educated at a public school for about four years and, when nineteen, he became a clerk in the ...

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Cornelius Cayley (1727–1779) by Isaac Taylor, pubd 1778 (after J. J. Swanfelder, 1778) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Cennick (1718–1755) by Philip Dawe, pubd 1785 (after A. L. Brandt) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cennick, John (1718–1755), lay preacher and Moravian minister, was born in Reading on 12 December 1718, the son of a clothier who was of Quaker descent. Brought up in the established church, he experienced an evangelical conversion on 6 September 1737 in his parish church in ...

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Charles, Thomas (1755–1814), Methodist preacher, was born on 14 October 1755, probably at Longmoor, Llanfihangel Abercywyn, Carmarthenshire. He was the son of Rees Charles, a prosperous farmer, and his wife, Jael Bowen; David Charles (1762–1834) was his younger brother. All their sons were given an education. ...

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Thomas Charles (1755–1814) by Hugh Hughes, c. 1814 by permission of Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

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Chunchie, Kamal Athon (1886–1953), Methodist minister and race relations worker, was born on 4 June 1886 in Kandy, Ceylon, the eldest of nine children (five sons and four daughters) of Muslim parents of Malay origin. His father, Athon Chunchie (1849/50–1928), of the Inche Che...

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Coke, Thomas (1747–1814), Church of England clergyman and founder of Methodist missions, was born at Brecon on 28 September 1747, the third but only surviving son of Bartholomew Coke (1701/2–1773) and Ann(e) Phillips (1712/13–1783), and was baptized on 5 October at St Mary's Church, Brecon...