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Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Addington, Stephen (1729–1796), Independent minister and tutor, was born at Northampton on 9 June 1729, the seventh son of Samuel Addington, who was either a hatter or a glover, and his wife, Mary. He was a student at Philip Doddridge's academy at Northampton...

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A. B. Grosart

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Aldridge, William (1737–1797), Independent minister, was born at Warminster, in Wiltshire. He spent his youth in the pursuit of pleasure, but in his twenties he was affected by a passionate desire to be a preacher of the gospel. He joined the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion...

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Alexander, John (1686–1743), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was born on 30 September 1686 at Temple Patrick, co. Antrim, the son of John Alexander (d. 1712), and his wife, Mary Hamilton. His father was the fourth son of William Alexander, ...

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Allen, Thomas (1608–1673), clergyman and ejected minister, was born in Norwich, son of John Allen, a dyer there. He went to school in the city before being admitted to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, on 6 July 1624, aged fifteen. A scholar of the college from 1625 to 1629, he graduated BA in 1628 and proceeded MA in 1631. On 26 February 1634 he was appointed to the parish church of ...

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Allen, William (d. 1686), religious writer and controversialist, went to London about 1630. Nothing is known of his earlier life. In 1640 or 1641 he joined the church ministered to by John Goodwin, vicar of St Stephen, Coleman Street, London. He continued as a member when in 1645 it adopted congregational principles, and subsequently he became an elder. ...

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Thompson Cooper

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Angus, John (1724–1801), Independent minister, was born on 24 July 1724 at Styford, near Hexham, Northumberland. In 1741 he entered Edinburgh University, where he remained for two years, before moving to London in 1743 to begin a course of ministerial training under John Eames...

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Armitage, Timothy (d. 1655), Independent minister, matriculated in Michaelmas term 1633 as a sizar from St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He graduated BA in 1637 and proceeded MA in 1640. From early November 1643 he acted as curate of St Michael Coslany, Norwich, Norfolk...

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Ashwood, Bartholomew (1622–1678), clergyman and ejected minister, was born in 1622 and baptized on 23 June of that year at Bickleigh, near Tiverton, Devon, the son of Bartholomew Ashwood (d. 1650×60), originally from Warwickshire, who for forty years was rector of Bickleigh...

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A. B. Grosart

revised by Jim Benedict

Ashwood, John (1657–1706), Independent minister, the only son of Bartholomew Ashwood (1622–1678), was born in Axminster, Devon, where his father was vicar. His mother may have been Elizabeth (d. 1710), the wife who outlived Bartholomew. After a 'remarkable' conversion at the age of fourteen, he was admitted to his father's Independent church at ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by W. N. Terry

Ashworth, Caleb (d. 1775), dissenting minister and tutor, was born at Clough Fold, near Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire, one of three sons of Richard Ashworth (1667–1751), a Particular Baptist lay preacher. His date of birth is uncertain: in his funeral address in 1775 Samuel Palmer...

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A. B. Grosart

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Asty, John (1675–1730), Independent minister, the second son of Robert Asty (1642–1681), Independent minister at Norwich, and his wife, Lydia (d. 1697), eldest daughter of the Revd John Sammes of Coggeshall, Essex, was born at Norwich on 12 September 1675 and baptized at the ...

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Bachiler [Batchiler, Bachilor], John (d. 1674), clergyman and ejected minister, of parents who are unknown, was admitted to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1632 as coming from Oxfordshire. He graduated BA in 1636 and proceeded MA in 1639. In 1642 he was appointed by the ...

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Bagshaw, Edward (1629/30–1671), Independent minister and religious controversialist, was born at Broughton, Northamptonshire, the son of Edward Bagshaw (d. 1662). After education at Westminster School, on 1 May 1646 he was elected to a studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he matriculated on 1 February 1647, aged seventeen. He graduated BA in 1649 and MA in 1651 (incorporated at ...

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Barker, Matthew (1619–1698), Independent minister, was born in Cransley, Northamptonshire, of unknown parents. He was groomed for the ministry from an early age and matriculated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1634, graduating BA in 1638 and proceeding MA in 1641. Upon leaving university ...

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Bartlet, William (1609/10–1682), clergyman and ejected minister, was the son of William Bartlet of Exeter, goldsmith. John Bartlet (bap. 1599, d. 1680) was his elder brother. He matriculated at New Inn Hall, Oxford, on 4 November 1631 aged twenty-one and was ordained as a priest in the diocese of ...

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Thomas Belsham (1750–1829) by Henry Howard, exh. RA 1809 by permission of Dr Williams's Library

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Belsham, Thomas (1750–1829), Unitarian minister, was born in Bedford on 15 April 1750, the eldest son (of four) and the eldest child (of eight) of the Revd James Belsham (d. 1770) and his wife, Ann(e) Woodward (d. 1780), eldest child of ...

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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, 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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Berry, Charles (1783–1877), Unitarian minister, was born on 10 November 1783 at Romsey, Hampshire, the third of four sons of the Revd John Berry (1757–1821), Independent minister at Shaftesbury (1778–80), Romsey (1780–94), and West Bromwich (1794–6), then classical tutor at Homerton College (1797–1800), minister at ...