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Carey, Felix (1786–1822), orientalist and missionary, was born on 20 October 1786 at Moulton, Northamptonshire, the eldest son of William Carey (1761–1834), missionary to India, and his first wife, Dorothy Plackett (1756–1807). He accompanied his parents to Bengal in 1793 and was baptized at ...

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William Carey (1761–1834) by Robert Home, 1811 [with his chief pandit, Mritunjaya] original owned by BMS World Mission, PO Box 49, Didcot, OX11 8XA, England

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Carey, William (1761–1834), orientalist and missionary, was born on 17 August 1761 at Paulerspury, Northamptonshire, the eldest of the five children of Edmund Carey and Elizabeth Wells. His father, originally a weaver, became in 1767 parish clerk and schoolmaster, which gave Carey access to a wide range of books. At the age of about fourteen he was apprenticed to a shoemaker in the hamlet of nearby ...

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W. R. Nicoll

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Davies, Benjamin (1814–1875), Hebrew scholar, was born at Wern, near St Clears, Carmarthenshire, on 26 February 1814. He studied for the Baptist ministry in Wales at the Bristol Baptist college (1830), at Glasgow, and at Leipzig, where he was awarded a PhD degree in 1838. He then moved to ...

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Folger, Peter (1617–1690), interpreter and public official in America, was born in Norwich, the son of John Folger and Meriba Gibbs. Little is known of Folger until 1635, when he and his widower father moved to Massachusetts. During the voyage Folger met Mary Morrill...

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William Kenrick (1729/3030–1779) by Thomas Worlidge © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kenrick, William (1729/30–1779), writer and translator, was the son of Robert Kenerick, staymaker, of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, and his wife, Mary (1708/9–1789). A member of a Baptist family, Kenrick attended probably either Philip James's Baptist school or Thomas Squire's Quaker school. Apprenticed in 1745 to ...

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Thomas Hamilton

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Marshman, Joshua (1768–1837), orientalist and missionary, son of John Marshman, weaver, who was said to be descended from an officer in the parliamentary army, and Mary Couzener, of Huguenot ancestry, was born at Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, on 20 April 1768. After some scanty education at the village school, he was apprenticed at fifteen to a ...

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Okely, Francis (1719–1794), Moravian minister and translator of mystical writings, was born at Bedford on 27 March 1719, the first child of Francis Okely (d. c.1733), wig maker, and Ann (1691–1766), the daughter of John Battison. His mother came from a respectable ...

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W. P. Courtney

revised by James Edgar Barcus, Jr.

Ryland, Jonathan Edwards (1798–1866), translator and writer, was born at Northampton on 5 May 1798, the only son of John Ryland (1753–1825), Baptist minister, and his second wife, Frances, eldest daughter of William Barrett. His earlier years were spent in Bristol. He was educated at ...

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Williams, Sir Glanmor (1920–2005), historian, was born on 5 May 1920 at 3 Cross Francis Street, Dowlais, Glamorgan, the only son of Daniel Williams (d. 1957), a haulier in a coalmine, later a clerk, and his wife, Ceinwen, née Evans (d...

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Wyon, Olive (1881–1966), translator and theologian, was born on 7 March 1881 at 53 Maitland Park Road, Kentish Town, London, the eldest of the two sons and three daughters of Allan Wyon [see under Wyon family] and his wife, Harriet Gairdner...

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Gladys Margaret Yang (1919–1999) by unknown photographer © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Yang [née Tayler], Gladys Margaret (1919–1999), translator, was born on 19 January 1919 at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing, China, the second daughter and third of the five children of John Bernard Tayler (1878–1951), professor of economics at Yenching (Yanjing)...

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D. S. Margoliouth

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Yates, William (1792–1845), orientalist and missionary, was born in Loughborough, Leicestershire, on 15 December 1792, the son of a shoemaker. He was educated at Loughborough high school. It was presumed that he would follow in his father's trade, but his aptitude for preaching seemed to show that his talents lay elsewhere. He was encouraged at eighteen to study classical languages, and was taught Greek and Latin by his friends. He then became a schoolteacher and, having decided to become a minister, went to the ...