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John Abernethy (1680–1740) by John Brooks (after James Latham) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Abernethy, John (1680–1740), Presbyterian minister, was born on 19 October 1680, the son of John Abernethy (d. 1703), minister at Brigh, co. Tyrone, and his wife, a member of the family of Walkinshaw, of Walkinshaw, Renfrewshire. His father, who had settled in ...

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Adair, Patrick (1624?–1693/4), Presbyterian minister and historian, was the son of John Adair of Genoch in Galloway. His family were prominently involved in the Scottish migration to Ulster in the seventeenth century, and he was the nephew of Sir Robert Adair, a major Scots colonizer in ...

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Alexander Gordon

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Alexander, John (1736–1765), Presbyterian minister and writer, was born in Dublin on 26 January 1736, the second of four children of John Alexander (1686–1743), dissenting minister, and Hannah (1704/5–1768), daughter of the Revd John Higgs, of Evesham. John's brother Benjamin (1737–1768) was a physician and translator. After the death of his father on 1 November 1743 ...

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Alison, Francis (1705–1779), Presbyterian minister and college principal in America, was born in the parish of Leck in co. Donegal, the son of Robert Alison, a weaver descended from emigrants from Scotland. His mother's name and ancestry are unknown. He may have received his early education at ...

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Amner, Richard (bap. 1737, d. 1803), Presbyterian minister and biblical critic, was born at Hinckley, Leicestershire, the third of five children of Richard Amner and Anne, his wife. He was baptized on 26 April 1737 at the Presbyterian Great Meeting, Hinckley. In 1755 he entered ...

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Amory, Thomas (1701–1774), Presbyterian minister, was born at Taunton, Somerset, on 28 January 1701, the second son of John Amory (d. c.1740), grocer, and his wife, Anne (d. 1742), the elder sister of the Revd Henry Grove (1684–1738). He was brought up in ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by David Huddleston

Armstrong, James (1780–1839), non-subscribing Presbyterian minister, was born at Ballynahinch, co. Down. He was the son of John Armstrong, Presbyterian minister of Ballynahinch (1744–80), and his wife, who was a daughter of the Revd John Strong. He was descended from John Livingstone, of ...

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Ashe, John (1672–1735), Presbyterian minister and religious writer, was born at Malcoff, Derbyshire, on 11 February 1672, the son of Edward Ashe, grocer and mercer of Tideswell, and his wife, Susannah, who was the widow of William Barber of Chapel-en-le-Frith, daughter of William Bagshaw...

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Avery, Benjamin (bap. 1684?, d. 1764), Presbyterian minister and physician, was probably the son of Timothy Avery (d. 1721) and Elizabeth Avery baptized at Newbury, Berkshire, on 1 December 1684. Little is known of his early life or education. James Odgers conjectures that ...

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Bagshawe [Bagshaw], William [called the Apostle of the Peak] (1628–1702), Presbyterian minister, was born on 17 January 1628 at Litton in the parish of Tideswell, Derbyshire, and baptized on 19 January at Tideswell, the eldest son of William Bagshawe (d. 1669)...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by David Keep

Ball, John (1654–1745), Presbyterian minister, was born in November 1654, the eldest of five children of William Ball (1624–1670), presbyterian minister, who was ejected from Winsham, Somerset, in 1662, and his wife, Susanna. He studied with Henry Hickman (d. 1692) at his school at ...

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Barker, John (1682–1762), Presbyterian minister, was born probably at Colchester, Essex. His parents are not known, but he is thought to have been related to Matthew Barker (1619–1698), minister of St Leonard Eastcheap, London, who was ejected in 1662. Apart from prior education at a grammar school, details of ...

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Barnes, Thomas (1747–1810), Presbyterian minister and reformer, was born on 1 February 1747 at Warrington, the son of William Barnes and Elizabeth, daughter of the Revd Thomas Blinston, Presbyterian minister at Wigan. His father died when he was only three. He was educated at the grammar school in ...

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Barret, John (1631–1713), Presbyterian minister and religious writer, was admitted to Clare College, Cambridge, on 20 June 1646 and graduated BA in 1650. He was ordained at Wymeswold, Leicestershire, by the Wirksworth classis on 19 October 1652. Admitted as rector of St Peter's Church, Nottingham...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Bassnett, Christopher (1677–1744), Presbyterian minister, was born at Chester on 30 January 1677, the son of an apothecary, Nathaniel Bassnett, and perhaps related to Samuel Bassnett of Coventry, one of the ejected ministers of 1662. He was trained for the ministry at the ...

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Bayes, Joshua (bap. 1671, d. 1746), Presbyterian minister, was born in Sheffield and baptized on 10 February 1671 at St Peter's, the son of Joshua Bayes and nephew of the Revd Samuel Bayes (d. 1681), who was ejected from his living in ...

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Bayes, Thomas (1701?–1761), mathematician and Presbyterian minister, was probably born in Hertfordshire, the eldest in the family of four sons and three daughters of the Revd Joshua Bayes and his wife, Ann Carpenter. He entered Edinburgh University in 1719 and studied for three years, though without taking a degree. He was licensed to preach while in ...

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Bennet, Benjamin (c. 1674–1726), Presbyterian minister, was born at Wellsborough, a hamlet in the parish of Sibson, near Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, the son of Robert Bennet (d. 1686), a substantial tenant farmer of the Hall House, Wellsborough, and his wife, Patience Somerfield (...

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Bennet, George (1750/51–1835), Hebraist and Presbyterian minister; details of his upbringing and parents are unknown. He passed a great portion of his life in the study of Hebrew and he was well acquainted with the learning of the rabbis, who were in his opinion more accustomed, if not better able, than Christian commentators to interpret the Hebrew ...