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Ascham, Anthony (bap. 1614, d. 1650), diplomat and pamphleteer, was baptized on 6 March 1614 in Boston, Lincolnshire, the son of Thomas and Cicilly (d. 1634) Ascham or Ascombe. Little is known of his parents, though Allen states he was descended of the same family as ...

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Atkinson, William (1758–1846), pamphleteer and poet, was born on 14 April 1758, at Thorp Arch, West Riding of Yorkshire, and baptized there on 19 May 1758, the fourth and youngest son of the Revd Christopher Atkinson (b. 1712/13), rector of Thorp Arch...

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Austin, Robert (bap. 1593, d. 1661), Church of England clergyman and political pamphleteer, was born at Guildford, Surrey, the fifth of seven children of George Austin (d. 1621) of Shalford, Surrey, and his second wife, Jane Harrison. He was baptized at Holy Trinity, Guildford...

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Averell, William (bap. 1556, d. 1605), pamphleteer, was baptized on 12 February 1556, the son of John Averell (d. 1569), joiner, and his wife, Margaret (d. 1578). Nothing is known of his youth and education but he was a member of the ...

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Baldwyn, Edward (bap. 1745, d. 1817), schoolmaster and pamphleteer, was baptized on 21 August 1745 in the parish of St Lawrence, Ludlow, Shropshire, the son of William Baldwyn and his wife, Ann. He matriculated from St John's College, Oxford, on 25 June 1762, aged sixteen, and graduated BA in 1767 and MA in 1784. He became a fellow of the college while still an undergraduate, vacating the fellowship only on his marriage in ...

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John Bastwick (1595?–1654) by Wenceslaus Hollar, 1640s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bastwick, John (1595?–1654), religious controversialist and pamphleteer, was born probably in Writtle, near Chelmsford, Essex, fourth child and only son of John Bastwick (c.1540–1596), yeoman, and his second wife, Sara Lovet (c.1570–1625). His father seems to have been the first ...

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Bisset, William (1669/70–1747), Church of England clergyman and pamphleteer, was the son of William Bissett of Middlesex. His father was a royalist, but Bisset claimed he was not rewarded for his devotion to the crown. After being educated at Westminster School as a king's scholar (...

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Blount, Elizabeth Anne Mould de Sodington [née Elizabeth Anne Mould Williams; other married name Elizabeth Anne Mould Morgan], Lady de Sodington Blount (1850–1935), pamphlet writer and social activist, was born on 7 May 1850 at 82 Upper Stamford Street near Waterloo, Lambeth, London...

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George William Wilshere Bramwell, Baron Bramwell (1808–1892) by London Stereoscopic Co., after 1862 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bramwell, George William Wilshere, Baron Bramwell (1808–1892), judge and political pamphleteer, was born at 22 Finch Lane, Cornhill, London, on 12 June 1808, the son of George Bramwell, banker, and his wife, Elizabeth Martha, née Frith. Frederick Joseph Bramwell was his younger brother. He was educated at the Revd Martin Ready's school at Peckham, and then at the ...

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Broun, Sir Richard, eighth baronet (1801–1858), pamphleteer and fraudster, was born at Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, on 22 April 1801, eldest of the four sons and one daughter of Sir James Broun (1768–1844) of Coalston Park, Lochmaben, and his first wife, Marian, née Henderson (...

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Bush, Rice (c. 1610–1649), pamphleteer on poor relief, came to prominence in the public debates about new institutions for social welfare which took place in London at the end of the civil war. Little is known about his early life. The son of ...

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Butler, John (1717–1802), bishop of Hereford and pamphleteer, was born in Hamburg, the son of John Butler. He matriculated at University College, Oxford, as a plebeian, on 10 May 1733, aged fifteen, and graduated BCL in 1746 and DCL in 1752. Butler then took holy orders and was appointed rector of ...

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Chidley, Samuel (b. 1616, d. in or after 1672), Leveller and pamphleteer, was baptized on 13 September 1618 (two years after he was born) at St Chad's, Shrewsbury, the first of eight children of Daniel Chidley (fl. 1616–1649), tailor of Shrewsbury, and his wife, ...

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Cooke, Edward (bap. 1755, d. 1820), government official and political pamphleteer, was baptized on 27 June 1755 at Denham, Buckinghamshire, the third and only surviving son of William Cooke (1711–1797), provost of King's College, Cambridge, and his wife, Catherine, the daughter of Richard Sleech...

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Cove, Morgan (1753–1830), pamphleteer, was the son of a Church of England clergyman, also Morgan Cove. He entered Trinity Hall, Cambridge, as a sizar in November 1768 and was elected a scholar of the college two years later. Trinity Hall at this period was heavily orientated towards the law, and this was his initial choice of career. He took his LLB in 1776 but he then changed course and became ordained....

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Dekker, Thomas (c. 1572–1632), playwright and pamphleteer, is of obscure origins, and his own words are often the only source for personal details. Nothing is known of his parents, though his name suggests that he was of Dutch descent. His date of birth is generally given as about 1572 from the epistle dedicatory to ...

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William Dickson (bap. 1751, d. 1823) by Stephen Grellet, 1792 © Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain

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Dickson, William (bap. 1751, d. 1823), writer and abolitionist, was baptized on 8 September 1751 at Moffat, Dumfriesshire, the first of four children born to Margret Russel (d. 1760) and John Dickson (d. 1803). Following his mother's death his father married ...