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Hardcastle, Joseph (1752–1819), merchant and evangelical activist, was born in Leeds on 7 December 1752, the younger son of John Hardcastle (fl. 1720–1766) and his wife, née Snowden, whose forename is unknown (d. 1787). In 1766 he came to London to live with his uncle, ...

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Rowland Hill (1744–1833) by Samuel Mountjoy Smith, 1828 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hill, Rowland (1744–1833), evangelical preacher, was born at Hawkstone Park, near Wem, Shropshire, on 23 August 1744, the sixth son of the ten children of Sir Rowland Hill (1705–1783), landowner, and Mary Pole (d. 1789). He was educated at Shrewsbury School and ...