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Barclay, Robert (1833–1876), Quaker and ecclesiastical historian, was born on 4 August 1833 at Croydon. He was the younger son of John Barclay (1797–1838), a descendant of the Quaker apologist Robert Barclay, and himself an expert on the early literature of the Society of Friends...


Besse, Joseph (1683–1757), historian of Quakerism, was born at Billericay, Essex, the son of Joseph Besse. In 1716 he married Hannah Dehorne (d. in or before 1757), daughter of George Dehorne of Colchester; they had six children. Besse worked as a schoolmaster in ...


Sewel, Willem (1653–1720), translator, lexicographer, and historian of Quakerism, was born in the Netherlands on 19 April 1653 at Angeliers Gracht, Amsterdam, probably the only child of Jakob Willemszoon Zewel (d. 1658/9), a surgeon, and his wife, Judith (c.1631–1664), daughter of ...


Willem Sewel (1653–1720) by Jacob de Later, 1705 (after Gerrit Rademaker) Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam