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Aberhart, William (1878–1943), politician and evangelist in Canada, was born in Hibbert township, near Seaforth, Perth county, Ontario, on 30 December 1878, the son of William Aberhart (who as a child had been brought from Germany) and his wife, Louisa Pepper, the daughter of an Englishman. He was educated at schools in ...

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Agnew, Sir Andrew, seventh baronet (1793–1849), promoter of Sabbatarian legislation, was born at Kinsale, Ireland, on 21 March 1793, into an ancient and distinguished family in Wigtownshire. He was a posthumous son, his father, Andrew Agnew, an army officer, having died on 11 September 1792. His mother, ...

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Broke, Thomas (b. c. 1513, d. in or after 1555), religious radical and member of parliament, was possibly the younger son of Thomas Brooke (or Cobham) of Reculver, Kent, or of Edward Broke of Aspall, Kent. His name was far from uncommon, and establishing his identity poses some difficulties. He was clearly not the ...

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Browne, Thomas, fourth Viscount Kenmare (1726–1795), landowner and politician, was born in April 1726, probably at Killarney, co. Kerry, the second of four children of Valentine Browne, third Viscount Kenmare (1695–1736), landowner, and his first wife, Honoria Butler (d. 1730), daughter of ...

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Cargill, Donald [Daniel] (c. 1627–1681), field preacher and insurgent, was born at the farmhouse of Nether Cloquhat, Perthshire, the son of Lawrence Cargill (d. 1657), smallholder of Nether Cloquhat, and later notary at Rattray, and his wife, Marjory Blair. Initially destined for a career in the law ...

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Cormack, John (1894–1978), protestant agitator and local politician, was born on 7 July 1894 in Edinburgh, the eldest child of the four sons and three daughters of Donald Cormack (1865–1937), a clerk and former soldier, and his wife, Mary McPhail (c.1870–1951)...

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Court, Hannah Frances Mary [May] (1880–1945), accountant and parliamentary official, was born at Shanklin Lodge, Fernlea Road, Streatham, London, on 13 December 1880, the elder of twins and the second of four children of Thomas Ambrey Court (1850–1921) and his wife, ...

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Fullarton, Adam (d. in or after 1595), religious activist and civic administrator, was born in Ayrshire into the family of Fullarton of Dreghorn. His family had links with the small group of Lollards of Kyle in the 1490s and was early converted to protestantism. ...

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Lord George Gordon (1751–1793) by R. Bran, pubd 1780 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gordon, Lord George (1751–1793), political and religious agitator, was born on 26 December 1751 in Upper Grosvenor Street, London, the third son of Cosmo George Gordon, third duke of Gordon (1720/21–1752), a landowner, and his wife, Lady Catherine Gordon (1718–1779), the daughter of ...

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Guthrie, Alexander (d. 1582), civic administrator and religious activist, is first recorded on 10 January 1549, when he was admitted burgess and guild brother of Edinburgh. Nothing is known of his parentage or education. He became a lawyer who also engaged in trade, and was appointed common clerk of ...

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Jekyll, John (1611–1690), local politician, was born on 21 September 1611 at Bocking, Essex, the fourth son of the eight children of Thomas Jekyll (1570–1652), lawyer and antiquary, and Elizabeth Leake (1575–1658). John was apprenticed as a fishmonger in the City of London...

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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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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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Scrymgeour, Sir James, of Dudhope (c. 1550–1612), administrator, was the eldest son of John Scrymgeour of Dudhope (d. 1568) and his wife, a member of the family of Campbell of Auchinbreck. On his father's death in November 1568 Scrymgeour succeeded to the hereditary offices of constable of nearby ...

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Upton, Clotworthy (1665–1725), politician and religious activist, was born on 6 January 1665, the fourth but eldest surviving son of Arthur Upton (1633–1706), landowner and politician, of Castle Upton, Templepatrick, co. Antrim, and his wife, Dorothy (b. c.1643, d. in or after 1717)...

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Wilmot, Anthony Talbot de Burgh [Tony] (1915–1996), colonial administrator, businessman, and evangelist, was born on 24 June 1915 at The Mount, Shoreham, Kent, the youngest of five children and third son of Albert de Burgh Wilmot, paper manufacturer, and his wife, (Mary) Dorothea Herbert, ...