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Baines, Peter [name in religion Augustine] (1786–1843), vicar apostolic of the western district, was born on 25 June 1786 at Pear Tree Farm, Kirkby, near Liverpool, the elder son of James Baines, 'farmer and yeoman' (will, proved 1809, TNA: PRO...

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Beck, George Andrew (1904–1978), Roman Catholic archbishop of Liverpool, was born on 28 May 1904 in Streatham, London, the second son of Fleet Street journalist Patrick Beck and his Irish wife, Louisa O'Keefe. He was educated at Clapham College and later at the Assumptionist ...

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Bishop, William (c. 1554–1624), Roman Catholic bishop, was born at Brailes, Warwickshire, the eldest son of John Bishop (c.1509–1601) and Helen Onsley (d. 1588). His family was armigerous and came originally from Yorkshire; they remained on the same estate at ...

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Bonner, Edmund (d. 1569), bishop of London, was probably born in Hanley, Worcestershire. He was the son of Elizabeth Frodsham, later the wife of Edmund Bonner, sawyer, but most contemporary records suggest that he was the natural son of George Savage, the rector of ...

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Brown, William Francis (1862–1951), Roman Catholic bishop, was born in Park Place House, Dundee, on 3 May 1862, the third of the four sons and six children of Andrew Brown of Lochton House, Inchture, Perthshire, who was the grandson of James Brown of ...

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Burgess, Thomas (1791–1854), Roman Catholic bishop of Clifton, was born at Clayton-le-Woods, Lancashire, on 1 October 1791, the son of Thomas Burgess, a carpenter, and his wife, Cecily (née Gregson), whose parents were farmers. He was educated at Ampleforth, where he became a professed monk of the order of ...

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Carruthers, Andrew (1770–1852), Roman Catholic bishop and vicar apostolic of the eastern district of Scotland, was born on 7 February 1770 at Drumillan near New Abbey in the stewartry of Kirkcudbright, and was baptized the following day. He was the son of Andrew Carruthers...

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Challoner, Richard (1691–1781), religious writer and vicar apostolic of the London district, was born at or near Lewes, Sussex, on 29 September 1691, the only son of Richard Challoner (who died in the early 1690s), a wine cooper, and his wife, Grace Willard (1669–1731)...

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Coffin, Robert Aston (1819–1885), Roman Catholic bishop of Southwark, was born at Brighton on 19 July 1819. He was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Coffin. His father was a gentleman of great wealth who followed no particular profession. Coffin was sent to ...

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Collingridge, Peter [name in religion Bernardine] (1757–1829), vicar apostolic of the western district, was born on 10 March 1757 at Fritwell, Oxfordshire, the son of Peter Collingridge and his wife, Mary. He may have received his early education in England. What is certain is that he entered the Franciscan friary of ...

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Cullen, Paul (1803–1878), Roman Catholic archbishop of Dublin, was born at Prospect, near Ballitore, in co. Kildare, on 29 April 1803.

Paul was the third son in a family of eight boys and seven girls of ...

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Daly, Cahal Brendan (1917–2009), Roman Catholic archbishop of Armagh and cardinal, was born in Loughguile, co. Antrim, on 1 October 1917, the third son and third of the seven children of Charles Daly (1879–1939), schoolteacher, and his wife, Susan, née Connolly (1888–1974). He was originally named ...

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Downey, Richard Joseph (1881–1953), Roman Catholic archbishop of Liverpool, was born on 5 May 1881 in Kilkenny, the eldest of three children and only son of Thomas Downey, chemist, and his wife, Mary (Minnie) Casey. The family moved to Liverpool and he attended ...

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Fisher, John [St John Fisher] (c. 1469–1535), bishop of Rochester, cardinal, and martyr, was born at Beverley, Yorkshire, the son of Robert Fisher, a mercer of Beverley, and his wife, Agnes. In the early 1480s he went up to Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1488, aged about twenty, and proceeded MA in 1491. Having become a fellow of ...

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Gasquet, Francis Neil [name in religion Aidan] (1846–1929), cardinal and historian, was born on 5 October 1846 in Somers Town, north London, the third son of the six children of Raymond Gasquet, a physician whose family had emigrated from Toulon during the French Revolution, and his wife, ...

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Geoffrey (1151?–1212), archbishop of York, was the illegitimate son of Henry II. He was probably named after his paternal grandfather, Geoffrey of Anjou (d. 1151).

Geoffrey's date of birth is suggested by indirect evidence. ...

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Giffard, Bonaventure (1642–1734), vicar apostolic of the London district, was born at Wolverhampton, the third son of Andrew Giffard (b. 1595), of a junior branch of the ancient recusant and royalist family seated at Chillington, Staffordshire, and Catherine, daughter of Sir Walter Leveson...

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Godfrey, William (1889–1963), Roman Catholic archbishop of Westminster, the younger of two sons of George Godfrey (d. 1889) and his wife, Maria, née Garvey (b. 1868), was born in Kirkdale, Liverpool, on 25 September 1889. He attended St John's parochial elementary school...

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Goold, James Alipius (1812–1886), Roman Catholic archbishop of Melbourne, was born into a prosperous merchant family in Cork, Ireland, on 4 November 1812. Educated by Augustinian friars, he entered the order at Grantstown, co. Wexford, and took his vows in 1832; having completed his studies for the priesthood in ...

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Hay, George (1729–1811), vicar apostolic of the lowland district, was born in Edinburgh on 24 August 1729, the second child and only son of James Hay (d. 1756×1759), writer to the signet, and his wife, Mary Morrison (d. 1756). His parents were Scottish Episcopalian, and his father a Jacobite who had been imprisoned for his part in the rising of 1715. After schooling in ...