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Babington, Gervase (1549/50–1610), theologian and bishop of Worcester, was born in Nottinghamshire, as Sir John Harington noted, 'by birth … a gentleman of a verie good house' (Harington, 129). Claims that he was a native of Devon, made by John Prince...

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Blackall, Ofspring (bap. 1655, d. 1716), bishop of Exeter and religious controversialist, was born in London and baptized on 26 April 1655 at St Gregory by Paul's, the son of Thomas Blackall (bap. 1621, d. 1688), freeman of the Haberdashers' Company and later alderman of the ...

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Gastrell, Francis (1662–1725), bishop of Chester and writer on theology, was born at Slapton, Northamptonshire, on 10 May 1662, the second son of Henry Gastrell, gentleman, and Elizabeth Bagshaw, his wife. Following attendance at Westminster School (1677–80), where he came under the tutelage of ...

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Grove, Robert (c. 1634–1696), bishop of Chichester and religious controversialist, was born in London, the son of William Grove of Morden, Dorset. He may well be the Robert, son of William Grove, baptized in St Giles Cripplegate on 29 September 1634. He attended ...

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Gunning, Peter (1614–1684), bishop of Ely and theologian, was born at the vicarage, Hoo, Kent, on 11 January 1614 and baptized at Lower Hoo church five days later, the son of Peter Gunning, the vicar there, and his wife, Ellen. His uncle Richard Gunning...

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Hall, Joseph (1574–1656), bishop of Norwich, religious writer, and satirist, was born on 1 July 1574 at Bristow Park, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, the son of John Hall (d. 1608) and his wife, Winifred Bambridge. In Observations of some Specialities of Divine Providence in the Life of Joseph Hall...

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Hampden, Renn Dickson (1793–1868), bishop of Hereford and theologian, eldest son of Renn Hampden, a colonel of militia in Barbados, and of Frances Raven, his wife, was born in Barbados on Good Friday, 29 March 1793. He was sent to England with his godmother in 1798 to be educated by ...

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William Hunt

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Jacobson, William (1803–1884), bishop of Chester and theologian, son of William Jacobson, a merchant's clerk, and his wife, Judith, née Clarke, was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on 18 July 1803. His father died shortly after his birth, and as his mother's second husband was a nonconformist, he was sent when about nine to a school at ...

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Law, Edmund (1703–1787), bishop of Carlisle and theologian, the only son of Edmund Law and Patience Langbaine, was born in the parish of Cartmel in Lancashire on 6 June 1703, where he was baptized at the priory church on 17 June. His father, who was descended from a family of yeomen long settled at ...

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Lightfoot, Joseph Barber (1828–1889), biblical scholar and bishop of Durham, was born at 84 Duke Street, Liverpool, on 13 April 1828. His father, John Jackson Lightfoot (d. 1843), an accountant, was a member of a Yorkshire family. His mother was Ann Matilda...

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Lowth, Robert (1710–1787), biblical critic and bishop of London, was born in his father's house in the cathedral close at Winchester on 27 November 1710. He was the second son of William Lowth (1661–1732), prebendary of Winchester, and his wife, Margaret (fl...

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Marsh, Herbert (1757–1839), bishop of Peterborough and biblical critic, was born at Faversham, Kent, on 10 December 1757 and baptized there on 3 January 1758, the eldest son of Richard Marsh (1727–1778), vicar of Faversham and a minor canon of Canterbury, and his wife, ...

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Peploe, Samuel (bap. 1667, d. 1752), bishop of Chester and religious controversialist, the son of Podmore Peploe, was baptized at Dawley Parva in Shropshire on 29 July 1667. Following attendance at Penkridge School in Staffordshire he matriculated as a batteler of Jesus College, Oxford...

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Stillingfleet, Edward (1635–1699), bishop of Worcester and theologian, was born at Cranborne, Dorset, on 17 April 1635. He was the seventh son of Samuel Stillingfleet and his wife, Susanna, daughter of Edward Norris of Petworth. His father's family came originally from Yorkshire and had estates at ...

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Walton, Brian (1600–1661), bishop of Chester and biblicist, was born in the district of Cleveland in the North Riding of Yorkshire, either at Hilton or the adjoining parish of Seamer or Seymour; he had at least one brother, William, who survived him. He matriculated sizar from ...

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Warburton, William (1698–1779), bishop of Gloucester and religious controversialist, was born in Newark, Nottinghamshire, on 24 December 1698, the second and only surviving son of George Warburton (d. 1706), attorney and town clerk of Newark, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1749)...

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Westcott, Brooke Foss (1825–1901), biblical scholar and bishop of Durham, was born on 12 January 1825 in Birmingham, the only surviving son of Frederick Brooke Westcott, lecturer in botany at Sydenham College medical school, and Sarah, née Armitage, the daughter of a local businessman....