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Bull, William (bap. 1738, d. 1814), Independent minister and college head, one of five children of John Bull, was born at Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, and baptized there on 17 December 1738. Concern for the upbringing of the children, together with their father's growing financial difficulties, led to them being brought up by their grandfather, ...

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Howell, Francis (1624/5–1680), college head, was the son of Thomas Howell of Gwinear, Cornwall. He attended Oxford University, matriculating at the age of seventeen as a commoner at Exeter College on 24 July 1642. He graduated MA on 14 April 1648 and was a fellow and Greek reader from 1648 to 1658. He was appointed a proctor of the university in 1652, and was Whyte professor of moral philosophy from 1654 to 1657; he acted as an assistant to the commissioners for approving parish ministers in ...

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Winter, Samuel (1603–1666), clergyman and college head, was born at Temple Balsall in Warwickshire, the son of Christopher Winter, a yeoman from Oxfordshire, and his wife, whose name is unknown but who died in 1659. He was first educated at King Henry VIII School...