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Abrahams, Israel (1858–1925), Jewish scholar and historian, was born on 26 November 1858 at 10 Finsbury Square, London, the second son in the family of four sons and two daughters of Barnett Abrahams (1831–1863) and his wife, Jane, née Brandon (1834–1895). His father was principal of ...

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Ali, Abdullah Yusuf (1872–1953), Indian civil servant and Islamic scholar, was born on 4 April 1872 in Surat, Gujarat, India. His father, Yusuf Ali Allahbuksh, otherwise Khan Bahadur Yusuf Ali, a Shi'i in the Dawoodi Bohra tradition, had abandoned the traditional occupation of his community, business, and entered instead the police force, being presented on retirement with the title of ...

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Badawi, (Mohammed Aboulkhair) Zaki (1922–2006), scholar of Islam and Muslim community leader, was born on 14 January (or possibly 11 August) 1922 at Sharkia, outside Cairo, Egypt, the son of Zaki Badawi, a university lecturer. He entered al-Azhar University in Cairo, arguably the most prestigious major place of learning for ...

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Baxter, Richard (1615–1691), ejected minister and religious writer, was born in the village of Rowton, Shropshire, on 12 November 1615, the son of Richard Baxter (d. 1663) of Eaton Constantine, Shropshire, and his wife, Beatrice Adeney (d. 1635). He was baptized in the parish church 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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Britten, James (1846–1924), botanist and Roman Catholic propagandist, was born on 3 May 1846 at 18 Shawfield Street, Chelsea, London, the son of James Alexander Britten, bookseller, and his wife, Mary Ann (née Shepard). His father was a prominent active member of the local community, and ...

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Broughton, Hugh (1549–1612), divine and Hebraist, was born in Oldbury, Shropshire, the son of Robert Broughton of Broughton, Shropshire. He referred to himself as of Welsh descent but nothing more certain is known. He received his early education from Bernard Gilpin, who prepared him for university and sent him to ...

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Burnet [née Blake; other married name Berkeley], Elizabeth (1661–1709), religious writer, was born on 8 November 1661, the elder daughter of Sir Richard Blake (b. 1614×16), of the Strand, London, and his second wife, Elizabeth (b. 1640/41?), daughter of John Bathurst MD (d. 1659)...

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Byfield, Nicholas (1578/9–1622), Church of England clergyman and religious writer, was born in Warwickshire, the son of Richard Byfield, who later became vicar of Stratford upon Avon, and his first wife; Richard Byfield (bap. 1598, d. 1664) was his half-brother. In the Lent term of 1596, aged seventeen, he entered ...

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Casaubon, (Florence Estienne) Meric (1599–1671), scholar and divine, was born on 14 August 1599 in Geneva, the tenth of the seventeen children of Isaac Casaubon (1559–1614), classical scholar and church historian, and his second wife, Florence (1568?–1636), daughter of Henri Estienne. Meric was the most scholarly of ...

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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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Chubb, Thomas (1679–1747), religious writer, was born at East Harnham, Salisbury, on 29 September 1679, the third of four sons of Henry Chubb and Mary Palmer. His father, a maltster, died in 1688, leaving his widow to bring up their sons. Thomas was taught reading, writing, and arithmetic, and in 1694 apprenticed to a ...

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Colquhoun [née Sinclair], Janet, Lady Colquhoun (1781–1846), religious writer, was the second daughter of Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster, first baronet (1754–1835), and his first wife, Sarah (d. 1785), the only child and heir of Alexander Maitland of Stoke Newington. She was born in ...

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Dodsworth, William (1798–1861), Tractarian clergyman and Roman Catholic writer, was born on 19 March 1798 at Kirk Ella, Yorkshire, the third son of wealthy Hull timber merchant, John Dodsworth (1765–1818), and his wife, Harriet Haydon (d. 1837). He was educated at Richmond School, Yorkshire...

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Frend, William (1757–1841), religious writer and actuary, was born on 22 November 1757 at Canterbury, the second son of George Frend, wine merchant, alderman, and twice mayor of the city, and his wife, Catherine (d. 1763). His mother died when he was five years old, and his father married, on 25 September 1764, ...

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Furlong, Monica Mavis (1930–2003), novelist and writer on religion, was born on 17 January 1930 at 29 Kenton Park Avenue, Kenton, Middlesex, the younger daughter of Alfred Gordon Furlong (c.1889–c.1970), a motor tyre salesman of Irish descent, and his wife, ...

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Gosse, Philip Henry (1810–1888), zoologist and religious writer, was born on 6 April 1810 at the High Street, Worcester, the second of four children of Thomas Gosse (1765–1844) a mezzotint engraver and itinerant painter of miniature portraits, and Hannah Best (1780–1860), who before her marriage had been a domestic servant. His childhood was spent in ...

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Gurney, Joseph John (1788–1847), banker and religious writer, was born on 2 August 1788 at Earlham Hall, Norwich, the eleventh of the twelve children of John Gurney (1749–1809) and Catherine Gurney, née Bell (1754–1792). The Gurneys, Quakers from the mid-seventeenth century, had developed a substantial wool-stapling business and were known for their social concern, evinced, for instance, in ...

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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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Hearn, Mary Anne [pseud. Marianne Farningham] (1834–1909), religious writer, was born on 17 December 1834 at Farningham, Kent, the eldest child of Joseph Hearn, a small tradesman and village postmaster, and his wife, Rebecca Bowers, the daughter of a paper maker and preacher. Her devout parents, who attended a local (Particular) Baptist church at ...