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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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W. B. Lowther

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Atherton, William (1775–1850), Wesleyan Methodist minister, was born at Lamberhead Green, near Wigan, in Lancashire. In 1797 he entered the Wesleyan ministry and was assigned to the Grimsby circuit. His fresh and original style of preaching marked him as one of the more famous preachers of ...

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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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W. B. Lowther

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Beaumont, Joseph (1794–1855), Wesleyan Methodist minister, was born at Castle Donington, in Leicestershire, on 19 March 1794. His father was John Beaumont, an itinerant preacher among the Wesleyan Methodists, and his mother was a daughter of Colonel Home of Gibraltar. From them he inherited a keen taste for music and the fine arts. He was educated at ...

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W. B. Lowther

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Bedford, John (1810–1879), Wesleyan Methodist minister, son of John and Elizabeth Bedford, was born on 27 July 1810 at Rothwell, near Wakefield. His father died when he was about five years old. John was educated in the town and studied for several years in a solicitor's office, but, resolving to become a Wesleyan minister, he was appointed by the conference in 1831 to the ...

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W. B. Lowther

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Beecham, John (1787–1856), Wesleyan Methodist minister, was born at Barnoldby-le-Beck, near Grimsby. His father died at Waltham while he was a child. He was educated privately under a clergyman, the incumbent of the neighbouring parish of Irby. His friends hoped he would become a clergyman in the ...

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Benson, Joseph (1749–1821), Wesleyan Methodist minister, was born at Melmerby, Cumberland, on 25 January 1749, the son of John Benson (d. 1769), a landowner, and his wife, Isabella Robinson (d. 1779). His father, intending him to enter the church, placed him in the care of the local Presbyterian minister, from whom he received a classical education....

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Joseph Benson (1749–1821) by T. Blood (after John Jackson) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hugh Bourne (1772–1852) by Watson Smith, c.1827 Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum

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Bourne, Hugh (1772–1852), founder of the Primitive Methodist church, son of Joseph Bourne, farmer and wheelwright, and his wife, Ellen Steele, was born at Fordhays Farm, in the parish of Stoke-on-Trent on 3 April 1772, and, after some education at nearby Werrington and ...

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Jabez Bunting (1779–1858) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, 1843–8 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bunting, Jabez (1779–1858), Wesleyan Methodist minister, the only son of William Bunting of Monyash, Derbyshire, a tailor in Manchester, and his wife, Mary Redfern, was born in Manchester on 13 May 1779. The circumstances of Bunting's boyhood and youth suggested that he would develop in an entirely different direction from that which he finally took, and the later legends associating him personally with ...

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Bunting, William Maclardie (1805–1866), Wesleyan Methodist minister, the eldest son of Dr Jabez Bunting (1779–1858), a Wesleyan Methodist minister, and his first wife, Sarah Maclardie (d. 1835), was born on 23 November 1805 at Manchester. He was educated at the Wesleyan schools at ...

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Burton, James Daniel (1784–1817), Wesleyan Methodist minister, was born on 25 July 1784, in Manchester, the son of Daniel Burton, of Rhodes, near Manchester. The Burton family were affluent calico printers and enthusiastic Methodists: three of Daniel Burton's sons and his son-in-law became Methodist preachers (two itinerant and two local), and, according to his memoir, ...

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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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G. C. Boase

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Carvosso, Benjamin (1789–1854), Wesleyan Methodist minister, the son of William Carvosso, was born in Gluvian parish, Cornwall, on 29 September 1789. His father was born near Mousehole, in Mount's Bay, Cornwall, on 11 March 1750, and became first a fisherman and then a farmer; he was also for sixty years a most active class leader and local preacher in the ...

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Chadwick, Samuel (1860–1932), Wesleyan Methodist minister, was born on 16 September 1860 at 8 Baldwin Street, Burnley, the elder son and eldest of the six children of William Chadwick (d. 1909), a cotton weaver, and his wife, Margaret Clayton. Margaret Chadwick's gift for incisive speech, combining 'the terseness of a telegram and the force of a catapult' (...

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Clarke, Adam (1762–1832), Wesleyan Methodist minister and scholar, was born in Moybeg, Kilcronaghan parish, co. Londonderry. His father, an Anglican, was a village schoolmaster and farmer; his mother was a Presbyterian. His childhood consisted of a series of life-threatening mishaps. He was educated locally, fell under the influence of the Methodists in 1778, and met ...

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Adam Clarke (1762–1832) by William Ward (after John Jackson, c. 1823) © National Portrait Gallery, London