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Alexander Gordon

revised by W. N. Terry

Ashworth, Caleb (d. 1775), dissenting minister and tutor, was born at Clough Fold, near Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire, one of three sons of Richard Ashworth (1667–1751), a Particular Baptist lay preacher. His date of birth is uncertain: in his funeral address in 1775 Samuel Palmer...

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Boyd, Zachary (1585–1653), Church of Scotland minister and university administrator, was born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, of unknown parentage. He matriculated at Glasgow University in 1601, and graduated MA from St Andrews in 1607. Perhaps encouraged by his cousin Robert Boyd of Trochrig he completed his education at the protestant ...

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Brice, Edward (1568/9–1636), protestant minister, is usually supposed to have been from Airth, Stirlingshire, though nothing is known of his background or early life. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in August 1593, so he probably entered the university in 1589. On 30 December 1595 he was inaugurated to the parish of ...

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Connelly, Pierce (1804–1883), apostate Episcopal priest and anti-Catholic pamphleteer, was born on 9 August 1804 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the eldest of four sons of Henry Connelly, a cabinet-maker, and his second wife, Elizabeth Pierce. He married Cornelia Peacock [see Connelly, Cornelia (1809-1879)...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Crabb, Habakkuk (1750–1794), dissenting minister, was born at Wattisfield, Suffolk, and baptized there on 8 August 1750, the youngest but one of fifteen children of Denny Crabb and Elizabeth Harrison. His father, a deacon of the Independent church at Wattisfield, was a man of private property, but as his family grew in number he was obliged to farm one of his estates and produce malt for the ...

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Durie [Dury], John (1596–1680), preacher and ecumenist, was born in Edinburgh, the fourth child of Robert Durie (1555–1616), Church of Scotland minister, and his wife, Elizabeth (née Ramsey). Following his father's banishment from Scotland in 1606 he moved with his family to the ...

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Caleb Fleming (1698–1779) by Mason Chamberlin, 1772 by permission of Dr Williams's Library

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Fleming, Caleb (1698–1779), dissenting minister and religious controversialist, was born at Nottingham on 4 November 1698 and baptized at High Pavement Presbyterian Chapel on 10 November, the son of James Fleming, a respectable hosier, and Mary Buxton, a member of the Buxton family of ...

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Leslie Stephen

revised by Jim Benedict

Foster, James (1697–1753), preacher and General Baptist minister, was born at Exeter on 16 September 1697 and baptized on the same day at St Mary Major, Exeter, the son of James Foster, a fuller, who had become a dissenter, although he was the son of a clergyman of ...

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Edward Irving (1792–1834) by unknown artist, c. 1823 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Irving, Edward (1792–1834), preacher and theologian, was born on 4 August 1792 in a plain, two-storied house in Butts Street, Annan, Dumfriesshire, one of nine children of Gavin Irving (1758–1832), tanner, and his wife, Mary Lowther (1764–1840), daughter of a small landowner. His father was the proprietor of a tanning yard and served as a bailie and long-term member of the ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by R. K. Webb

Lloyd, Charles (1766–1829), dissenting minister and schoolmaster, was born at Llwynrhydowen, Cardiganshire, on 18 December 1766. He was the third son and fourth child of five born to David Lloyd (1724–1779), Presbyterian minister there, and his second wife, Letitia Lloyd of Llanfechan; a sister had been born in the first marriage. On his father's death his education for the ministry was undertaken by his uncle ...

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Lowman, Moses (bap. 1679, d. 1752), nonconformist minister and writer, was baptized on 25 January 1679 at St Gabriel Fenchurch, London, the son of Moses and Anne Lowman. His father, who was educated at Merton and Magdalen colleges, Oxford, and proceeded MA on 21 June 1660, was ordained in the ...

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Macfarlane [married name Brodie], Jessie (1843–1871), preacher, was born on 20 January 1843 in Edinburgh, the daughter of Archibald McFarlane, a clothier, and his wife, Mary Maxwell, née Turner. Her parents were presbyterians and her early religious experience was influenced by an uncle who, it appears, was a minister. In 1859 she heard ...

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Moore, Samuel James (1810–1876), revivalist preacher, was the son of David Moore, Presbyterian minister of Markethill, co. Armagh, and was educated at Belfast Academical Institution. He was ordained minister of Ballycopeland Secession Church on 9 May 1838, and on 28 October 1845 was installed in ...

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Owen, James (1654–1706), nonconformist minister, was born on 1 November 1654 at the farmhouse of Bryn in the parish of Aber-nant, Carmarthenshire, the second son of John Owen. His grandfather had served in the royalist forces during the civil war and his parents were strongly attached to episcopacy but their nine children all became nonconformists. His brother ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by S. J. Skedd

Palmer, Samuel (d. 1724), dissenting minister and pamphleteer, is of unknown origins. He was educated for the dissenting ministry at Bethnal Green, and afterwards at Highgate, under Dr John Ker, who was noted as a nonconformist teacher of philosophy. On the death of ...

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Peden, Alexander (1626?–1686), preacher, was born probably in 1626, probably at Auchencloich, near Sorn, Ayrshire, the eldest son in a modestly propertied family on good terms with the Boswells of Auchinleck and other local gentry. Possibly after schooling at nearby Mauchline he attended ...

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Roberts, Evan John (1878–1951), preacher and miner, was born on 8 June 1878 in Island House, Bwlchymynydd, near Loughor, Glamorgan, Wales, the ninth child of fourteen children born to Henry Roberts (b. 1844), a collier, and his wife, Hannah Edwards (b...