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Abbot, Robert (fl. c. 1589–1652), Church of England clergyman and religious writer, was most probably the Robert Abbot who graduated BA from Peterhouse, Cambridge, in 1605 and was incorporated MA at Oxford on 14 July 1607. Nothing is known of his family background and early life, but in 1639 he wrote 'I have lived now by God's gratious dispensation above fifty years' (...

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Abbott, Joseph (bap. 1790, d. 1862), Church of England clergyman, the son of Joseph Abbott and his wife, Isabella, was baptized on 10 June 1790 at Little Strickland, Westmorland; his date of birth is not known. He attended Bampton School, Bampton, Westmorland, and from 1808 to 1812 ...

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Abbott, Lemuel (d. 1776), Church of England clergyman and poet, whose family background is obscure, became curate of Ansty, Leicestershire, in 1756, and vicar of Thornton, in the same county, in 1773. He published Poems on Various Subjects, whereto is Prefixed a Short Essay on the Structure of English Verse...

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Ackland, Thomas Gilbank (1791–1844), Church of England clergyman, the son of Thomas Ackland, chaplain to the Fishmongers' Company, was educated at Charterhouse School and St John's College, Cambridge. He became BA in 1811 (the year in which he married Mary Hopkinson), and MA in 1814. He was ordained deacon in 1813 and priest in 1814; in 1818 he was appointed rector of ...

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Acland, John (1699–1796), Church of England clergyman and writer on social issues, was the second son of John Acland (d. 1703), of Beerford, Devon, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Acland of Fremington, Devon. His father was MP for Callington, Cornwall...

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Adam, Thomas (1701–1784), Church of England clergyman, was born at Leeds in the West Riding of Yorkshire on 25 February 1701, the third of the six children of Henry Adam, solicitor and town clerk of Leeds corporation, and his wife, Elizabeth Blythman, daughter of ...

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Adams, Henry Cadwallader (1817–1899), Church of England clergyman and author, was born on 4 November 1817 at 6 Great James Street, Holborn, London, the third son of John Adams, of St Pancras, an assistant judge, and his second wife, Jane, daughter of Thomas Martin...

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Adams, Richard (1626/7–1698), clergyman and ejected minister, was the son of Charles Adams, clerk, of Woodchurch in the Wirral, Cheshire, and his wife, Isabel, daughter of Thomas Bennet of Barnston in the same county. One of his brothers was Thomas Adams (1631/2–1670). The ...

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Adams, Thomas (1583–1652), Church of England clergyman, matriculated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in the Lent term of 1598 and graduated BA in 1602 and proceeded MA in 1606 from Clare College; he was ordained deacon and priest in Lincoln diocese on 23 September 1604. He served as curate of ...

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Adams, William (1814–1848), Church of England clergyman and author, born in January 1814, was the second son of Serjeant John Adams of St Pancras, London, assistant judge at the Middlesex sessions, and Eliza Nation (d. January 1814), only child of William Nation...

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Adams, William (1706–1789), Church of England clergyman and college head, was born at Shrewsbury on 17 August 1706, the son of John Adams, mayor of Shrewsbury in 1726, and his wife, Elizabeth Jorden. Adams entered Pembroke College, Oxford, on 6 August 1720, graduated MA in 1727, became fellow of his college and, in 1734, tutor in place of ...

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Adderley, James Granville (1861–1942), Church of England clergyman and Christian socialist, was born on 1 July 1861 at Hams Hall, Warwickshire, the fifth and youngest son of Charles Bowyer Adderley, first Baron Norton (1814–1905), and his wife, Julia Anne Eliza (d. 1887)...

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James Granville Adderley (1861–1942) by Lafayette, 1932 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Addison, John (d. 1540), clergyman, was born in York diocese and studied at Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1506, subsequently proceeding MA (1509), BD (1515), and DD (1523). A fellow of Pembroke College from 1505 to 1522, on which title he was ordained priest at ...

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Agas [Agus], Benjamin (bap. 1622, d. 1689), clergyman and ejected minister, was born in Wymondham, Norfolk, the son of Edward Agas, the vicar of Wymondham, where he was baptized on 5 September 1622. In 1639 he entered Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, graduating BA in 1643 (incorporated at ...

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Agutter, William (1758–1835), Church of England clergyman, was born on 8 October 1758, the eldest son of Guy Agutter (1729–1768), a wool-stapler, and his wife, Dinah, both of the parish of All Saints, Northampton. He was baptized on 10 October 1758 at All Saints' Church...

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Ainger, Alfred [pseud. Doubleday] (1837–1904), writer and Church of England clergyman, born at 10 Doughty Street, London, on 9 February 1837, was the youngest of the four children of Alfred Ainger (1797–1859) and his first wife, Marianne Jagger (d. 1839) of ...

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Alfred Ainger (1837–1904) by George Du Maurier, c. 1881 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ainger, Thomas (1799–1863), Church of England clergyman, was born on 1 August 1799 at Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, the son of William Ainger and his wife, Mary, née Boyce. He was the youngest of their six children. He was educated at Norwich grammar school and ...