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Allen, Thomas (1608–1673), clergyman and ejected minister, was born in Norwich, son of John Allen, a dyer there. He went to school in the city before being admitted to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, on 6 July 1624, aged fifteen. A scholar of the college from 1625 to 1629, he graduated BA in 1628 and proceeded MA in 1631. On 26 February 1634 he was appointed to the parish church of ...

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Ashwood, Bartholomew (1622–1678), clergyman and ejected minister, was born in 1622 and baptized on 23 June of that year at Bickleigh, near Tiverton, Devon, the son of Bartholomew Ashwood (d. 1650×60), originally from Warwickshire, who for forty years was rector of Bickleigh...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by W. N. Terry

Ashworth, Caleb (d. 1775), dissenting minister and tutor, was born at Clough Fold, near Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire, one of three sons of Richard Ashworth (1667–1751), a Particular Baptist lay preacher. His date of birth is uncertain: in his funeral address in 1775 Samuel Palmer...

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Bachiler [Batchiler, Bachilor], John (d. 1674), clergyman and ejected minister, of parents who are unknown, was admitted to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1632 as coming from Oxfordshire. He graduated BA in 1636 and proceeded MA in 1639. In 1642 he was appointed by the ...

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Bartlet, William (1609/10–1682), clergyman and ejected minister, was the son of William Bartlet of Exeter, goldsmith. John Bartlet (bap. 1599, d. 1680) was his elder brother. He matriculated at New Inn Hall, Oxford, on 4 November 1631 aged twenty-one and was ordained as a priest in the diocese of ...

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Benn, William (1600–1681), clergyman and ejected minister, was born in November 1600 at Egremont, Cumberland, the son of John Benn (d. 1620) and his wife, Ann, daughter of John Goodwyn. He was educated at St Bee's School and Queen's College, Oxford, but took no degree. During the 1620s he was curate of ...

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Booth [née Mumford], Catherine (1829–1890), evangelist and writer, was born on 17 January 1829 at Ashbourne, Derbyshire, the fourth of five children. Only she and her younger brother, John, survived. Her father, John Mumford (1804–1879), was a coach builder and wheelwright, and for some years a Wesleyan Methodist lay preacher. Her mother, ...

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Catherine Booth (1829–1890) by unknown photographer The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre

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Carne, Robert Harkness (bap. 1784, d. 1844), Calvinist minister, was the fourth child and only son of John Carne (1750–1820), of St Austell, Cornwall, mercer, and his wife, Jenepher. His exact date of birth is not known; he was baptized at Holy Trinity Church, St Austell...

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Joseph Caryl (1602–1673) by unknown artist by permission of Dr Williams's Library

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Caryl, Joseph (1602–1673), clergyman and ejected minister, was born in London in November 1602 'of genteel parents', was attending Merchant Taylors' School in 1620, and matriculated in 1621 as a commoner from Exeter College, Oxford, where 'he became in a short time a noted disputant' (...

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Charnock, Stephen (1628–1680), nonconformist minister, was born in the parish of St Katharine Cree, London, the son of Richard Charnock, attorney, who traced his ancestry to Lancashire. Admitted as a sizar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, on 30 May 1642, Charnock studied under William Sancroft...

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Clarke, Matthew (c. 1630–c. 1708), clergyman and ejected minister, was the son of Matthew Clarke, rector of Bitterley, Shropshire, and from 1643 rector of St Leonard, Shoreditch, London. Clarke was educated first at Charterhouse School, and then at Westminster School under Richard Busby...

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Clarkson, David (bap. 1622, d. 1686), clergyman and ejected minister, son of Robert Clarkson, was born at Bradford, Yorkshire, where he was baptized on 3 March 1622. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (1641–5) and was a fellow of Clare College in 1645. He became rector of ...

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David Clarkson (bap. 1622, d. 1686) by Robert White, pubd 1696 (after Mary Beale) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Coppin, Richard (fl. c. 1645–1659), nonconformist preacher and writer, about whom little is known except what he recounts in Truths Testimony (1655), was probably from Kent, and grew up to be an unexceptional pious believer within the established church. He was probably a student at ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Crabb, Habakkuk (1750–1794), dissenting minister, was born at Wattisfield, Suffolk, and baptized there on 8 August 1750, the youngest but one of fifteen children of Denny Crabb and Elizabeth Harrison. His father, a deacon of the Independent church at Wattisfield, was a man of private property, but as his family grew in number he was obliged to farm one of his estates and produce malt for the ...

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Dell, William (d. 1669), ejected minister and educational reformer, was admitted sizar at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in April 1624; there is no reliable information about his early life. He graduated BA in 1628 and MA in 1631, subsequently becoming a fellow. With the support of ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by Alan Ruston

Eames, John (1686–1744), Independent layman and tutor, was born on 2 February 1686, the son of John Eames (b. 1645), of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. Like his father, he was educated at the Merchant Taylors' School in London, from 1696 to 1702. His intent was to enter the ministry, but following training he found that he was totally unsuited to preaching. He is supposed to have preached but once. 'There was a great defect in his organs of speech, and his pronunciation was exceedingly harsh, uncouth and disagreeable … so that he quit the pulpit entirely' (...

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Faldo, John (1633/4–1691), nonconformist minister and religious controversialist, is of unknown parentage. He is said to have been educated at Cambridge but does not appear in the records of the university and is first heard of as a chaplain to Colonel John Hewson's...