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Hubert Murray Burge (1862–1925) by George Harcourt, 1921 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Burge, Hubert Murray (1862–1925), bishop of Oxford and headmaster, was born on 9 August 1862 at Meerut, India. He was the younger son of the Revd Milward Rodon Burge (1827–1874) and his wife, Mary Louisa Raffaella, daughter of Matthew Guerrin Price, of Guernsey...

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Gilbert Burnet (1643–1715) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1693 Wimpole Hall, The Bambridge Collection (The National Trust). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Burnet, Gilbert (1643–1715), bishop of Salisbury and historian, was born in Edinburgh on 18 September 1643, the youngest child of Robert Burnet (d. 1661), a judge of the court of session as Lord Crimond, and Rachel Johnston, sister of Archibald Johnston, Lord Wariston...

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Butler, Samuel (1774–1839), headmaster and bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, was born at Kenilworth, Warwickshire, on 30 January 1774, the only son of William Butler, a draper, and his wife, Lucy, née Brosell. He was educated at Rugby School, and, from 1791, at ...

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Carey, William (1769–1846), headmaster and bishop of Exeter and St Asaph, was born in Worcester on 18 November 1769, the son of Richard Carey, a tradesman. His talent was recognized by William Vincent, through whose aid he was admitted into Westminster School, where he passed through every grade and finally became its head. In 1784 he was elected a king's scholar, in 1788 he became the captain of the school, and in 1789 he was elected to ...

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Robert Clavering (1675/66–1747) by John Simon (after Thomas Gibson, c. 1730) © Copyright The British Museum

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Clavering, Robert (1675/6–1747), orientalist and bishop of Peterborough, was the son of Robert Clavering of Bowsden, Northumberland. In 1684–5 Thomas Burrell, the second husband of his great-uncle's widow, left £50 to bind him to a trade. On 18 July 1693 he entered Lincoln College, Oxford...

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Edward Copleston (1776–1849) by Thomas Phillips, 1820 courtesy of the Provost and Fellows of Oriel College, Oxford; photograph © Studio Edmark

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Copleston, Edward (1776–1849), bishop of Llandaff and moral philosopher, was born on 2 February 1776 at Offwell in Devon, where his father, John Bradford Copleston, was rector. He was educated at home until the age of fifteen when, in 1791, he won a scholarship to ...

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Coverdale, Miles (1488–1569), Bible translator and bishop of Exeter, was born, according to Bale, in Yorkshire (patria Eboracensis). No details are known of his parentage or early education. According to Tanner he was ordained priest in Norwich by John Underwood, bishop of ...

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Mandell Creighton (1843–1901) by W. & D. Downey, pubd 1893 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Creighton, Mandell (1843–1901), bishop of London and historian, was born in Carlisle on 5 July 1843, the elder son of Robert Creighton (d. 1878), who built up a family business in Carlisle, and Sarah Mandell (d. 1850/51), of a farming family in ...

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Dampier, Thomas (bap. 1749, d. 1812), bishop of Ely and book collector, was born at Eton and baptized there on 14 February 1749, the eldest son of Thomas Dampier (d. 1777), lower master at Eton College and subsequently dean of Durham, and his first wife, ...

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Albert Augustus David (1867–1950) by Lafayette, 1930 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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David, Albert Augustus (1867–1950), bishop of Liverpool and headmaster, was born in Exeter on 19 May 1867, the second son of the Revd William David, then principal of the Exeter Diocesan Training College for schoolmasters and afterwards priest-vicar of the cathedral, and his wife, ...

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Davies, Richard (c. 1505–1581), bishop of St David's and biblical translator, was born at Plas y Person, Gyffin, Caernarvonshire, the son of Dafydd ap Gronw, curate of Gyffin in the diocese of Bangor, and his ‘wife’, Sioned, daughter of Dafydd ap Richard; such clerical marriages were common in ...

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Francis Godwin (1562–1633) by unknown artist, 1613 [copy?] Christ Church, Oxford

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Godwin, Francis (1562–1633), bishop of Hereford and historian, was born at Hannington, Northamptonshire, the son of Thomas Godwin (1517–1590), later bishop of Bath and Wells, and his wife, Isabella (d. before 1584), the daughter of Nicholas Purefoy of Shalstone, Buckinghamshire. At the age of fifteen he was sent to ...

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Gooch, Sir Thomas, second baronet (1675–1754), college head and bishop of Ely, was born on 19 January 1675, and apparently baptized the same day at Worlingham, Suffolk, the elder son of Thomas Gooch (d. 1688), alderman of Yarmouth, and his wife, Frances Lone (...