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Chilembwe, John (c. 1870–1915), Baptist minister and anti-colonial rebel, was probably born at Sangano, Chiradzulu, in modern Malawi, of a Yao father (reportedly called Kaundama), and a Mang'anja or Cewa slave mother (reportedly called Nyangu). Very little is known of his early life. He acquired a basic knowledge of English from one of the earliest outposts of Scottish Presbyterian missionaries. In 1892 he became ‘cook boy’ to the recently arrived independent English missionary ...

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John Chilembwe (c. 1870–1915) by unknown photographer [with members of his family] © reserved / London Library

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Clarke, John (1609–1676), colonial agent and Baptist preacher, was born on 8 October 1609 in Westhorpe, Suffolk, the fifth of seven children of Thomas Clarke (d. 1627), a man of middling rank, and Rose Keridge. He appears to have received some university education and to have undertaken some study of medicine, possibly at ...

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Coppe, Abiezer (1619–1672?), Baptist preacher and Ranter, was born on Sunday 30 May 1619, and baptized on 1 June at St Mary's, Warwick, the eldest known child of Walter Coppe (b. 1593, d. in or after 1667), who was probably a literate artisan, perhaps working with animal hides. After the Restoration ...

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Danvers, Henry (b. in or before 1619, d. 1687/8), General Baptist preacher and radical, was born at Swithland, Leicestershire, the second son of William Danvers (d. 1656), gentleman, and his wife, Elizabeth. A notation on the title-page of his The Mystery of Magistracy Unvailed...

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Deane, Richard (fl. 1647–1661), government official and Baptist preacher, came from a Gloucestershire family and was a cousin of Richard Deane (bap. 1610, d. 1653), regicide and general-at-sea, but his parentage is unknown. Deane served as a captain of foot in Robert Lilburne's...

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Dunnico, Sir (James) Herbert (1875–1953), Baptist minister and politician, was born in the Flintshire village of Cefn-y-bedd on 2 December 1875, the eldest of the nine children of James Dunnico (1853/4–1913), a coalminer, and his wife, Mary Ann, née Owens (1854/5–1941). The family moved to ...

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James, John (d. 1661), Fifth Monarchist and Seventh Day Baptist preacher, was a native of England, born of poor parents, but his birthplace is unknown. He had little education, and was a ribbon weaver by trade. For some years he earned a living as a small-coal man, but was not strong enough for the work and returned to weaving. He appears to have been of weak frame and diminutive stature. He became a preacher to a congregation of Seventh Day Baptists, who met in ...

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Lawson, Thomas George (1814–1891), colonial official and Baptist leader, was born in October 1814 in the town of New London, Anecho, in west Africa, the second son of George Acquatay Lawson (c.1778–1856), political leader and merchant, and his wife, Adólèvi Apé...

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Oates, Samuel (bap. 1614, d. 1683), General Baptist preacher and Leveller, was baptized at St Saviour's Church, Norwich, on 26 September 1614, the son of Titus Oates, a Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Anne. He is not to be confused with a namesake, the son of another ...

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O'Neill, Arthur George (1819–1896), reformer and minister of religion, was born in Chelmsford, Essex, in September 1819. His father, Arthur O'Neill, a coachmaker, was an Irish protestant refugee, and his mother, Ann, claimed descent from John Rogers, a protestant martyr in Mary Tudor's...

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Rede, John (1614/1615–1710), Leveller and Baptist leader, was the son of Edward Rede (d. 1635), of Porton, near Idmiston, Wiltshire; details of his mother are unknown. He had three brothers, Edward, Robert, and Charles, and a sister, Jane. Rede's early life is obscure, but he was well educated, for he was subsequently described as 'a man of learning for those times particularly in the Hebrew language' (...

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Valentine, Lewis Edward (1893–1986), Baptist minister and Welsh nationalist, was born at Hillside, Llanddulas, Denbighshire, on 1 June 1893, the second of seven children of Samuel Valentine (1854–1940), a quarryman and lay preacher, and his wife, Mary, née Roberts (1865–1928). Samuel Valentine had converted to the Baptists as a young man and his wife followed him after marriage, although both had been raised as Wesleyan Methodists, and ...

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Wyke, Andrew (fl. 1645–1663), Baptist minister and Ranter, is a man of whom nothing as yet is known of his early life. His name, derived from the Old English word for dwelling or village, was spelled variously as Wyke, Wykes, Wix, and Weeks...