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Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Addington, Stephen (1729–1796), Independent minister and tutor, was born at Northampton on 9 June 1729, the seventh son of Samuel Addington, who was either a hatter or a glover, and his wife, Mary. He was a student at Philip Doddridge's academy at Northampton...

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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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Conder, John (1714–1781), Independent minister and tutor, was born on 3 June 1714 at Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, the son of Jabez Conder (d. 1727) and Elizabeth Linkern (1688/9–1730). He came from old nonconformist stock as both his father and grandfather served as minister to an Independent congregation at ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by Alan Ruston

Eames, John (1686–1744), Independent layman and tutor, was born on 2 February 1686, the son of John Eames (b. 1645), of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. Like his father, he was educated at the Merchant Taylors' School in London, from 1696 to 1702. His intent was to enter the ministry, but following training he found that he was totally unsuited to preaching. He is supposed to have preached but once. 'There was a great defect in his organs of speech, and his pronunciation was exceedingly harsh, uncouth and disagreeable … so that he quit the pulpit entirely' (...

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Evans, William (d. 1718), Independent minister and tutor, is of unknown parentage, and the year and place of his birth are likewise unknown. He was educated at Rhys Prydderch's school at Ystradwallter, and was later taught by Stephen Hughes. He was ordained at ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Fell, John (1735–1797), Independent minister and classical tutor, was born at Cockermouth, Cumberland, on 22 August 1735, the son of Daniel Fell, a clerk at the dissenting meeting-house and a schoolmaster. He was apprenticed to a tailor in Cockermouth and after completing his apprenticeship moved to ...

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J. M. Rigg

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Fisher, Daniel (1731–1807), Independent minister and tutor, was born at Cockermouth. He was educated at Plaisterers' Hall Academy in London, where he was a student from 1748 to 1751. From 1752 to 1771 he was minister to the Independent congregation at Common Close, Warminster...

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Horsey, John (1753/4–1827), Independent minister and tutor, was born at Ringwood, Hampshire, the son of John Horsey, Independent minister (d. c.1777), and his wife, Ann (1714/15–1783). Nothing is known of his early education, until he entered Homerton Academy in 1771 to prepare for the ministry. After leaving in 1775 he supplied ...

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Jennings, David (1691–1762), Independent minister and tutor, was born on 18 May 1691 at Kibworth, Leicestershire, the younger son of John Jennings (1634–1701), ejected clergyman and dissenting minister, and his wife, Mary (1645/6–1721). He was educated at Kibworth grammar school and in 1709 entered ...

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Jennings, John (1687/8–1723), Independent minister and tutor, was the eldest son of John Jennings (1634–1701), ejected minister, and his wife, Mary (1645/6–1721), of Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire. He was educated for the nonconformist ministry at Timothy Jolly's academy at Attercliffe with the assistance of the ...

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Jollie [Jolly], Timothy (1656x9–1714), Independent minister and nonconformist tutor, was born at Altham, Lancashire, between 1656 and 1659, according to differing sources. He was the youngest son of Thomas Jollie or Jolly (1629–1703), an Independent minister; his mother was Thomas's third wife, whose name is unknown, who died in childbirth giving birth to him....

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Jones, Samuel (1681/2–1719), nonconformist tutor, was the son of Malachi Jones (d. 1729), nonconformist minister in Herefordshire until he emigrated to America about 1711. In February 1704 the Congregational Fund board examined him as a candidate for the ministry and resolved to grant him the full allowance. He was educated for the nonconformist ministry first at ...

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Morton, Charles (bap. 1627, d. 1698), nonconformist minister and tutor, was born at Pendavy, Cornwall, and baptized at Egloshayle in the same county on 18 February 1627, the son of Nicholas Morton (d. 1640), clergyman, and Frances, daughter of Thomas Kestell of ...

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Parry, William (1754–1819), Congregational minister and tutor, was born on 25 November 1754 at Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, where his father was a Baptist deacon. About 1760 the family moved to Stepney, Middlesex. Here, his first work was in the woollen trade, like his father, but in 1774, on the advice of the minister of the Congregational church at ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by Alan Ruston

Ridgley, Thomas (1667–1734), Independent minister and tutor, was born in London; details about his parents and early life are unknown. He was educated for the ministry in Wiltshire, presumably at John Davison's academy at Trowbridge, and also at Islington under Thomas Doolittle. In 1695 he was made assistant to ...

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Rowe, Thomas (1656/7–1705), Independent minister and tutor, was born in London, the eldest son of John Rowe (1626/7–1677), who was ejected as preacher at Westminster Abbey in 1660, and his first wife, Anne. He was educated at the dissenting academy of Theophilus Gale...

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Savage, Samuel Morton (1721–1791), Independent minister and tutor, was born in London on 19 July 1721. He believed himself to be the lineal descendant and heir of John Savage, second Earl Rivers (d. 1654), but did not pursue the claim. His grandfather, ...

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Taylor, Abraham (fl. 1726–1740), Independent minister and tutor, was the son of Richard Taylor (d. 1717), Independent minister of Little Moorfields, London. He was a classical scholar and trenchant defender of Calvinist orthodoxy. His first (anonymous) publication, The Scripture Doctrine of the Trinity Vindicated...

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Wellbeloved, Charles (1769–1858), Unitarian minister and tutor, was born on 6 April 1769 in Denmark Street, St Giles, London, the only child of John Wellbeloved (1742–1787) and his wife, Elizabeth (b. 1747), daughter of Thomas Plaw. Owing to his parents' unhappy marriage he was brought up from the age of four by his grandfather ...