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Baxter [née Foster], Elizabeth [Lizzie] (1837–1926), evangelist, was born on 16 December 1837 at 81 High Street, Evesham, the third daughter of eight children born to Thomas Nelson Foster (1799–1858), a Quaker manufacturer of agricultural fertilizers, and his second wife, Elizabeth Gibbs...

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Bertie, Richard (1517–1582), landowner and religious evangelical, was the eldest son of Thomas Bertie (d. 1555), of Bearsted, Kent, and his wife, a member of the Say family of Shropshire. In February 1534 he was admitted to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, aged sixteen. Having graduated BA in 1537, he became a probationary fellow of ...

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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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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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Gambier, James, Baron Gambier (1756–1833), naval officer and evangelical activist, was born at New Providence in the Bahamas on 13 October 1756, the second son of the lieutenant-governor John Gambier and Deborah, née Stiles. He was brought up in England by his aunt ...

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Elizabeth Gordon, duchess of Gordon (1794–1864) by unknown artist in the collection of the National Trust for Scotland

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Gordon [née Brodie], Elizabeth, duchess of Gordon (1794–1864), evangelical patron, was born in London on 20 June 1794. Her father, Alexander Brodie (1748–1818) of Arnhall, Kincardineshire, a wealthy India merchant and MP, was a younger son of James Brodie of Brodie, in the north of ...

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Hankey, Beatrice [called Help] (1858–1933), evangelist, was born on 17 December 1858 at Bohun Lodge, Barnet, the ninth of ten children of George Hankey (d. 1893), a wealthy merchant banker of an old Cheshire family, and his wife, Caroline Donovan (...

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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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Harris, Howel (1714–1773), evangelist, was born on 23 January 1714, at Trefeca, near Talgarth, in Brecknockshire, the youngest of the five children born to Howel ap Howel alias Harris (1672?–1731), carpenter, and his wife, Susannah (d. 1751), daughter of Thomas Powell. Surviving knowledge about his youth comes from ...

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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 ...

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Mayer, Samuel Ralph Townshend (1841–1880), founder of the Free and Open Church Association and writer, second son of Samuel Mayer, solicitor, of Gloucester, was born at Gloucester in August 1841. As he grew up he is said to have borne a remarkable resemblance to the poet ...

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Mayo, Elizabeth (1793–1865), educational reformer and evangelical writer, sister of the educationist Charles Mayo (1792–1846), was born at 1 Hammet Street, Aldgate, London, on 18 June 1793, daughter of Charles Mayo (1754–1814), a solicitor, and his wife, Elizabeth Knowlys (d. 1837). In 1822 ...

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Philipps, Sir John, fourth baronet (c. 1666–1737), politician and evangelical patron, was born about 1666 (the evidence of his funerary monument as to his date of birth being demonstrably unreliable). He was the second but first surviving son of Sir Erasmus Philipps, third baronet...

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Poynder, John (1779/80–1849), lawyer and evangelical activist, was the eldest son of a City of London tradesman and his evangelical wife. He was educated briefly at the Newington Butts school of Joseph Forsyth, where he imbibed a lasting love of literature. As a young man he hoped to become an Anglican clergyman but he was persuaded by family pressures to become a solicitor instead, and for nearly forty years he served as clerk and solicitor to the royal hospitals of ...

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Reaney [née Edis], Isabella Emily Thomasa [Isabel] (1847–1929), preacher and social activist, was born on 15 July 1847 in Huntingdon, the sixth of seven children of Robert Edis and his wife, Emma Ekin. Her father was a literary bookseller and a well-known man in the town. One of her brothers, ...

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Russell, Hastings William Sackville, twelfth duke of Bedford (1888–1953), evangelical Christian and pacifist, was born on 21 December 1888 at Cairnsmore House, Minnigaff, Kirkcudbrightshire, the only child of Lord Herbrand Arthur Russell, later eleventh duke of Bedford (1858–1940), and his wife, Mary Du Caurroy Russell (1865–1937)...

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Shaw, Peter (fl. 1628–1629), preacher, seems to have begun his controversial career in Lancashire. By the later 1620s he was in London, where he lectured weekly at St Michael, Crooked Lane; he was also cited as preaching in ‘St Laurences’ (probably nearby St Laurence Pountney...

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Swynnerton [Swinnerton], Thomas (d. 1554), evangelical preacher, first appears in history when he matriculated at Wittenberg University in 1526, one of the first Englishmen to study there. There is no evidence to substantiate later claims that he was educated at Oxford and Cambridge...