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Adderley, James Granville (1861–1942), Church of England clergyman and Christian socialist, was born on 1 July 1861 at Hams Hall, Warwickshire, the fifth and youngest son of Charles Bowyer Adderley, first Baron Norton (1814–1905), and his wife, Julia Anne Eliza (d. 1887)...

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Ainger, Alfred [pseud. Doubleday] (1837–1904), writer and Church of England clergyman, was born at 10 Doughty Street, London, on 9 February 1837, the youngest of the four children of Alfred Ainger (1798–1859) and his first wife, Marianne Jagger (1799–1839...

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Alabaster, William (1568–1640), Church of England clergyman and writer, was born in Hadleigh, Suffolk, on 27 February 1568, the son of Roger Alabaster (c.1539–1618), a merchant; his mother was Bridget Winthrop (1543–1614), whose father had been master of the Clothworkers and lord of ...

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Allestree, Richard (1621/2–1681), Church of England clergyman, was born at Uppington, near the Wrekin, Shropshire. His father, Richard Allestree, was steward to Sir Richard (afterwards Lord) Newport. According to the hagiographic biography of Allestree by his friend Bishop John Fell, the Allestree family was of ancient stock and had formerly been prosperous: ...

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Annesley, Samuel (bap. 1620, d. 1696), clergyman and ejected minister, was born at Haseley, Warwickshire, and baptized there on 26 March 1620, the son of John (d. in or after 1629) and Judith Annesley (variously also Aneley, Anneley, and Annesly) of that parish. He went to school there and at ...

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Ashe, Simeon (d. 1662), Church of England clergyman, was admitted in April 1613 to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he was a protégé of Thomas Hooker, and ordained deacon and priest at Peterborough on 5 and 6 October 1619. Nothing is known for certain of his parentage or early life, although he clearly had close connections with ...

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Awdry, Wilbert Vere (1911–1997), children's writer, railway historian, and Church of England clergyman, was born on 15 June 1911 at Ampfield vicarage, Romsey, Hampshire, the elder son of the Revd Vere Awdry (1854–1928), clergyman, and his third wife, Lucy Louisa Bury (1878–1972), who was on the staff at ...

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Barham, Richard Harris (1788–1845), writer and Church of England clergyman, was born on 6 December 1788 at 61 Burgate Street, Canterbury, the only (and illegitimate) son of Richard Harris Barham (bap. 1748, d. 1795), alderman, of Tappington Everard, Kent, and Elizabeth Fox (...

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Battell, Ralph (1649–1713), Church of England clergyman, was born in Church Street, Hertford, on 11 April 1649, the son of Ralph Battell (1619–1701) and his wife, Elizabeth. His father was vicar of All Saints', Hertford, from 1662 and of Letchworth, Hertfordshire, from 1676, both livings that he held until his death; he was also master of ...

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Becon, Thomas (1512/13–1567), theologian and Church of England clergyman, was born in Norfolk, near Thetford, in 1512 or 1513 to unknown parents.

Becon entered Cambridge in 1527, when the university was home to such future reformers as ...

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Bell, Andrew (1753–1832), Church of England clergyman and educationist, was born on 27 March 1753 in South Street, St Andrews, the second son of baillie Alexander Bell (d. 1789) and his wife, Margaret Robertson. His father, who was talented and well-educated, figured prominently in the community; by trade a wig-maker, he was also assistant at ...

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Bennett, William James Early (1804–1886), Church of England clergyman and author, was born on 15 November 1804 at Halifax, Nova Scotia, the eldest son of William Bennett, a major in the Royal Engineers, and his wife, Mary, daughter of James Early. Educated at ...

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Bernard, Richard (bap. 1568, d. 1642), Church of England clergyman and religious writer, was baptized on 30 April 1568 at Epworth, Lincolnshire, the son of John Bernard (d. 1592) and his third wife, Anne Wright. Encouraged by Isabel and Frances Wray, two daughters of ...

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Bickersteth, Edward (1786–1850), Church of England clergyman and evangelical leader, was born in Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland, on 19 March 1786, the fourth of the five sons and seven children of Henry Bickersteth, a doctor, and his wife, Elizabeth Batty. Henry Bickersteth (1783–1851), later master of the rolls and ...

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Blackley, William Lewery (1830–1902), Church of England clergyman and social reformer, was born at Dundalk, Ireland, on 30 December 1830. He was the second son of Travers Robert Blackley of Dublin and Bohogh, co. Roscommon, and Eliza, daughter of Colonel Lewery, who was taken prisoner by the French at ...

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Blair, James (1655/6–1743), Church of England clergyman and founder of the College of William and Mary, was the son of Peter Blair (d. 1673), Church of Scotland minister of St Cuthbert's parish, Edinburgh, and his wife, Mary Hamilton (d. in or after 1696)...

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Boddy, Alexander Alfred (1854–1930), Church of England clergyman and leader of the Pentecostal movement, was born at Sidney Place, York Street, Cheetham, Manchester, on 15 November 1854, the third son of James Alfred Boddy (c.1809–1881), rector of St Thomas's, Cheetham, and his wife, ...

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Bolton, Robert (1572–1631), Church of England clergyman, was born at Blackburn, Lancashire, on Whitsunday, 25 May 1572, the sixth son of Adam Bolton (d. 1593) of Brookhouse, Blackburn, a yeoman and governor of the free grammar school there in 1567, and his wife, ...

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Bolton, Samuel (1605/6–1654), Church of England clergyman and college head, was the son of William Bolton of Lancashire. Educated at Manchester School, he matriculated as a pensioner at Christ's College in 1625, graduated BA in 1629, and proceeded MA in 1632. In 1633 he married ...

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Boucher, Jonathan (1738–1804), schoolmaster and Church of England clergyman, was born on 12 March 1738 in Cumberland to James Boucher, schoolmaster and manager of an alehouse, and Anne Barnes, both descendants of Norman aristocracy whose family had fallen on hard times. Although a poor businessman, ...