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William Barclay (1907–1978) by unknown photographer Paternoster Press / Authentic Media; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barclay, William (1907–1978), New Testament scholar, writer, and broadcaster, was born on 5 December 1907 in Wick, Caithness, the only child of William Dugald Barclay (1864–1936), a bank manager and lay evangelist, and his wife, Barbara Linton McLeish (1867–1932). In 1912 the family left for the industrial south-west when ...

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Bellew [formerly Higgin], John Chippendale Montesquieu (1823–1874), popular preacher and public reader, was born at Lancaster on 3 August 1823. He was the only child of an infantry officer, Captain Robert Higgin (d. 1853) of the 12th regiment, who had married in 1822 a daughter of ...

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Elsie Dorothea Chamberlain (1910–1991) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chamberlain [married name Garrington], Elsie Dorothea (1910–1991), Congregational minister and radio broadcaster, was born on 3 March 1910 at 30 Canonbury Park North, Islington, London, the third child of James Arthur Chamberlain (d. 1956), Post Office technician and clerk, and his wife, ...

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Collier, Jeremy (1650–1726), anti-theatrical polemicist and bishop of the nonjuring Church of England, was born on 23 September 1650 at Stow-cum-Quy, Cambridgeshire, son of Jeremy Collier, a fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, under the Commonwealth, and at the time of Collier's birth master of ...

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Jeremy Collier (1650–1726) by William Faithorne the younger (after Edmond Lilly) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Davidson, Harold Francis (1875–1937), Church of England clergyman and circus performer, was born on 14 July 1875 at Sholing House in the suburbs of Southampton, the son of the Revd Francis Davidson and his wife, Alice Selina Augusta Hodgkin. From the age of six he attended ...

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Fenn, (John) Eric (1899–1995), Presbyterian minister and broadcaster, was born at 2 Kilmore Road, Forest Hill, London, on 3 June 1899, the fourth son of (Joseph) Louis Herbert Fenn (1855/6–1935), secretary to the National Temperance League, and his wife, Jessie Mary, née Maxted (1861/2–1936)...

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Frowde, James Henry (1831–1899), clown and evangelical preacher, was born on 17 April 1831 at Portsea, Hampshire, the first son of James Frowde (1800–1850) and his first wife, Georgiana Margaretta Hengler (1808–1837), an equestrian performer, the daughter of the circus rope-dancer Henry Michael Hengler...

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James Henry Frowde (1831–1899) by unknown photographer, c. 1870 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Genest, John (1764–1839), theatre historian and Church of England clergyman, was the second son of John Genest of Dunkeswell, Devon. He was educated at Westminster School, London, was entered on 9 May 1780 as a pensioner at Trinity College, Cambridge, and graduated BA in 1784 and MA in 1787. While at ...

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Gosson, Stephen (bap. 1554, d. 1625), anti-theatrical polemicist and Church of England clergyman, was baptized as the eldest son and second child of Cornelius Gosson and Agnes Oxenbridge on 17 April 1554 in the church of St George the Martyr, Canterbury, Kent. His father was a joiner who emigrated from the ...

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Gryn, Hugo Gabriel (1930–1996), rabbi and broadcaster, was born in Berehovo, Czechoslovakia, on 25 June 1930, in a home filled with great learning and warmth. His father, Géza Gryn (1900–1945), was a timber merchant; his mother was Bella Neufeld (1908–1964) of Silce. The ...

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Hugo Gabriel Gryn (1930–1996) by Mark Gerson, 1993 © Mark Gerson; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lewis, Angelo John [pseud. Professor Hoffmann] (1839–1919), journalist and writer on magic, was born on 23 July 1839 at Crescent Place, St Pancras, London, the son of John Lewis, a coal merchant, and his wife, Victorie Josephine, née Calkin. He was educated at ...

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Summers [née Broome], Ada Jane (1862–1944), local politician and justice of the peace, was born in Waterloo, Oldham, Lancashire, on 14 January 1862, the daughter of George Kelsall Broome (1835–1896), a cotton spinner, and his wife, Jane, née Walker...

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