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Abbot, George (1562–1633), archbishop of Canterbury, was born on 29 October 1562 in the parish of St Nicholas, Guildford, Surrey, the fourth of six sons of Maurice Abbot (1519/20–1606), shearman (clothworker), and Alice, née Marsh or March (1525/6–1606). His parents were committed protestants who, according to ...

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Bancroft, Richard (bap. 1544, d. 1610), archbishop of Canterbury, was baptized at Prescot, Farnworth, Lancashire, on 12 September 1544. He was the second son of John Bancroft, gentleman, and his wife, Mary, daughter of James Curwen and niece of Hugh Curwen (c...

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Benson, Edward White (1829–1896), archbishop of Canterbury, was born on 14 July 1829 at 72 Lombard Street, Birmingham, the eldest of the eight children of Edward White Benson (1800–1843), chemical engineer and manufacturer, and his wife, Harriet Baker (d. 1850). His father was a strong evangelical with ...

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Blackburne, Lancelot (1658–1743), archbishop of York, was born on 10 December 1658 in London, the son of Richard Blackburne, a gentleman of London, and the brother of Richard Blackburne. He was educated at Westminster School, which he entered as a king's scholar in 1671. On leaving ...

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Blanch, Stuart Yarworth, Baron Blanch (1918–1994), archbishop of York, was born at Viney Hill Farm, Blakeney, Gloucestershire, in the Forest of Dean, on 2 February 1918, by eleven years the youngest of three sons of William Edwin Blanch (1870–1923), farmer, and his wife, ...

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Coggan, (Frederick) Donald, Baron Coggan (1909–2000), archbishop of Canterbury, was born on 9 October 1909 at 32 Croftdown Road, Highgate, Middlesex, the youngest child of Cornish Arthur Coggan, at one time national president of the Federation of Meat Traders and mayor of St Pancras...

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Cornwallis, Frederick (1713–1783), archbishop of Canterbury, was born in London on 22 February 1713, the seventh son of Charles, fourth Baron Cornwallis of Eye (1675–1722), politician and army officer, and his wife, Lady Charlotte Butler (d. 1725), daughter of Richard Butler, first earl of Arran...

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Davidson, Randall Thomas, Baron Davidson of Lambeth (1848–1930), archbishop of Canterbury, was born at 15 Inverleith Place, Edinburgh, on 7 April 1848, of pure Scottish blood. He was the eldest son of Henry Davidson (1810–1889), timber merchant of Leith, and his wife, Henrietta (...

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Dawes, Sir William, third baronet (1671–1724), archbishop of York, was born on 12 September 1671 at Lyons, near Braintree, Essex, the third and youngest son of Sir John Dawes, first baronet (bap. 1644, d. 1671), and Christian, daughter and heir of William Lyons...

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Dolben, John (1625–1686), archbishop of York, was born on 20 March 1625, the eldest son of Dr William Dolben (1588?–1631), prebendary of Lincoln and rector of Stanwick, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Williams, who had two other surviving sons and two daughters. He was baptized on 27 March. His mother was the niece of ...

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Drummond, Robert Hay (1711–1776), archbishop of York, was born Robert Hay in London on 10 November 1711, the second son of George Hay, eighth earl of Kinnoull (1689–1758), then known as Viscount Dupplin, and his wife, Abigail, née Harley (d. 1750), second daughter of ...

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Fisher, Geoffrey Francis, Baron Fisher of Lambeth (1887–1972), archbishop of Canterbury, was born on 5 May 1887 at the rectory, Higham on the Hill, Leicestershire, the youngest of the ten children of Henry Fisher (1837–1915) and his wife, Katherine Richmond. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather had all been successively rectors of ...

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Frewen, Accepted (bap. 1588, d. 1664), archbishop of York, was born at Northiam in Sussex, and baptized there on 26 May 1588, the eldest son of the puritan rector of the parish John Frewen (1558–1628) and his first wife, Elinor (d. 1606)...

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Garbett, Cyril Forster (1875–1955), archbishop of York, was born on 6 February 1875 at Tongham, Surrey, the eldest among the five children of the Revd Charles Garbett (1813–1895) and his second wife, Susan Charlotte Bowes (1843–1934), who was thirty years younger than her husband. ...

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Grindal, Edmund (1516x20–1583), archbishop of York and of Canterbury, was sixty-three years of age at his death in July 1583 according to his funerary monument, although there is contrary evidence that he died aged sixty-six, which would mean that he was born in 1516 or 1517....

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Harcourt [formerly Venables-Vernon], Edward (1757–1847), archbishop of York, was born at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire, on 10 October 1757, the second and younger son of George Venables-Vernon, first Baron Vernon of Kinderton (1710–1780), and his third wife, Martha (1715–1794), third daughter of Simon Harcourt...

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Herring, Thomas (1693–1757), archbishop of Canterbury, was the son of John Herring, rector of Walsoken in Norfolk, who had previously been vicar of Foxton, near Cambridge, and his wife, Martha Potts. Herring attended Walsoken School before moving to Wisbech grammar school. From there he went in 1710 to ...

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Howley, William (1766–1848), archbishop of Canterbury, the only son of William Howley, vicar of Bishop's Sutton and Ropley, and his wife, Mary, daughter of John Gauntlett, a Winchester wine merchant, was born at Ropley, Hampshire, on 12 February 1766. He was elected a scholar at ...

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Hutton, Matthew (1529?–1606), archbishop of York, was the son of Matthew Hutton of Priest Hutton in the parish of Warton, Lancashire. He went to Cambridge at the very end of the reign of Henry VIII, matriculating from Trinity College in 1546. He graduated BA early in 1552 and proceeded MA in 1555, when he was also elected a fellow of ...

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Jones, William West (1838–1908), archbishop of Cape Town, was born in South Hackney, Middlesex, on 11 May 1838. He was the sixth and youngest son of Edward Henry Jones, wine merchant, of Mark Lane, London, and his wife, Mary Emma, née Collier. He was educated at ...