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Achilli, (Giovanni) Giacinto (b. c. 1803), Dominican priest, anti-Catholic polemicist, and seducer, was born in the village of Celleno, 18 miles from Viterbo, then in the Papal States. He joined the Dominican order in 1819, studied at the convent of the Minerva in ...

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Ashton, Hugh (d. 1522), Catholic ecclesiastic and university benefactor, apparently never himself had a formal university education, his main expertise lying in administration and estate management. He probably first encountered Lady Margaret Beaufort, countess of Richmond and Derby, in Lancashire, his native county, and rose to prominence through this association. On 7 January 1496 he was admitted to the rectory of ...

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Barberi, Domenico Giovanni Luigi [name in religion Dominic of the Mother of God] (1792–1849), Passionist priest, was born at Pallanzana, near Viterbo, then in the Papal States, on 22 June 1792. He was the youngest of the eight children, five boys and three girls, of ...

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C. C. Martindale

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Benson, Robert Hugh (1871–1914), Roman Catholic priest and writer, was the fourth son and youngest child of Edward White Benson (1829–1896) and his wife, Mary Sidgwick (1841–1918), a second cousin. He was born on 18 November 1871 at Wellington College, of which his father was the first headmaster. In 1872 ...

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Berington, Joseph (1743–1827), Roman Catholic priest and religious controversialist, was born on 16 January 1743 at Winsley, Herefordshire, the son of John Berington and his wife, Winefred Hornyold. From a prominent Catholic family, he was tutored for a year by his uncle Bishop John Hornyold...

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Butler, Alban (1709–1773), Roman Catholic priest and hagiographer, was born on 13 October 1709, the second son of Simeon Butler of Appletree, Aston-le-Walls, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Ann, daughter of Henry Birch of Goscote, Walsall, Staffordshire. His nephew and biographer was Charles Butler (1750–1832)...

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Cahill, Daniel William (1796–1864), Roman Catholic priest and public lecturer, was born on 28 November 1796 at Arless, in Queen's county, Ireland, the youngest of the three sons of Daniel Cahill (c.1754–1836), a civil engineer and allegedly a participant in the rebellion of 1798, and his wife, ...

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Carpenter, Richard (1604/5–1670?), Roman Catholic priest and apostate, was the son of William Carpenter (d. 1611) of Denshanger, Passenham, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Thomas Piggot of Doddershall, Quainton, Buckinghamshire. Born at Doddershall, he had one brother and two sisters. ...

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Caswall, Edward [pseud. Scriblerus Redivivus] (1814–1878), poet and Roman Catholic priest, was the fourth of nine children of the Revd Robert Clarke Caswall (1768–1846) and his wife, Mary Burgess, daughter of William Burgess, a grocer from Odiham, Hampshire. The younger brother of ...

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Colet, John (1467–1519), dean of St Paul's and founder of St Paul's School, was born in January 1467, as attested by a contemporary document; Erasmus, always vague as to chronology, believed him to have been about thirty, two or three months younger than himself, when they first met in 1499. ...

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Dalgairns, John Dobrée [name in religion Bernard] (1818–1876), Roman Catholic priest and scholar, was born on Guernsey on 21 October 1818, the eldest of the six children (three boys and three girls) of William Dalgairns (b. c.1790), an officer in the ...

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Edgeworth [later Edgeworth de Firmont], Henry Essex (1745–1807), Roman Catholic priest and confessor to Louis XVI, was the second son, in a family of eight children (four of whom died in infancy), of the Revd Robert Edgeworth, rector of Edgeworthstown, co. Longford...

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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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Finlay, Thomas Aloysius (1848–1940), Roman Catholic priest, educationist, and author, was born at Lanesborough, co. Roscommon, on 6 July 1848. He was the son of William Finlay (1810–1864), an engineer, and his wife, Maria, née Magan (d. 1884), who had six children: three girls, all of whom became religious sisters, and three boys, one of whom, ...

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Geddes, Alexander (1737–1802), Roman Catholic priest and biblical scholar, was born on 4 September 1737 in the parish of Rathven, Aberdeenshire, the son of Alexander Geddes and Janet Mitchel, small tenant farmers at Arradowl, Rathven, on the borders of the Gordon estates. Perhaps unusually for a Roman Catholic home in ...

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Thompson Cooper

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Gentili, Luigi [Aloysius] (1801–1848), Roman Catholic missionary, was born at Rome on 14 July 1801, the son of a solicitor of Neapolitan descent, Giuseppe Gentili, and his wife, Anna Maria Gnaccarini. After completing his studies at the Sapienza in Rome, he took the degree of doctor of civil and canon law, and began to practise as an advocate. The death of his patron, ...

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Thompson Cooper

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Gillow, John (1753–1828), Roman Catholic priest and college head, was born on 25 March 1753, son of Robert Gillow (1702/3–1772) [see under Gillow family], a furniture manufacturer, of Westby, Lancashire, and his wife, Agnes Fell. His parents were both from Lancaster...

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Hollings, Michael Richard (1921–1997), Roman Catholic priest, was born on 30 December 1921 at Glerawly, Gordon Road, Camberley, Surrey, the third child and younger son of Lieutenant-Commander Richard Eustace Hollings (1888–1928), a nephew of the composer Ethel Smyth, and his wife, Agnes Mary (Molly; 1884–1945)...

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Knox, Ronald Arbuthnott (1888–1957), Roman Catholic priest and writer, was born on 17 February 1888 at Kibworth rectory, Leicestershire, the youngest of the four sons and two daughters of the strongly evangelical Edmund Arbuthnott Knox (1847–1937), later bishop of Manchester, and his wife, ...

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Le Courayer, Pierre-François (1681–1776), Roman Catholic priest and religious controversialist, was born on 17 November 1681 at Rouen, France, where his father, Pierre Le Courayer, was conseiller rapporteur référendaire of the parlement of Rouen's chancellery. He was educated at Vernon and at Paris...