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Bickerstaffe, Henry (bap. 1606, d. in or after 1661), Digger, was baptized on 6 July 1606 at White Notley, Essex, a younger son of Robert Bickerstaffe (d. 1640), landowner of Walton-on-Thames and Croydon, Surrey, and Katherine (fl. 1597–1640), daughter of John Lambert...

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Bothumley, Jacob (1613–1692), Ranter, was born in 1613 in Leicester, the son of William Bauthumley (1586–1635), a shoemaker, and was baptized on 23 May. He was apprenticed to his father in 1627. Both father and son were members of a semi-separatist group in ...

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Brooke, Humphrey (bap. 1618, d. 1693), physician and Leveller, was baptized on 29 March 1618 at St Mary Woolnoth, London, the son of Robert Brooke, gentleman, of London. He attended Merchant Taylors' School from 1632 to 1636, and matriculated from St John's College, Oxford...

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Chapman, Livewell (fl. 1643–1665), bookseller and Fifth Monarchist, was the son of Edward Chapman, a London scrivener. His father had died by the time he was apprenticed in the London Stationers' Company, on 6 November 1643, to Benjamin Allen, bookseller. After Allen's death in 1646 he continued his apprenticeship in ...

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Chidley, Katherine (fl. 1616–1653), religious controversialist and Leveller, was of unknown origins and background. By 1616 she was married to Daniel Chidley (fl. 1616–1649), a tailor of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and in the same year gave birth to their first child, Samuel Chidley...

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Chidley, Samuel (b. 1616, d. in or after 1672), Leveller and pamphleteer, was baptized on 13 September 1618 (two years after he was born) at St Chad's, Shrewsbury, the first of eight children of Daniel Chidley (fl. 1616–1649), tailor of Shrewsbury, and his wife, ...

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Cobbett, John (d. 1657), parliamentarian army officer and Leveller, was son of Ralph Cobbett, a gentleman from Weston, Northamptonshire. John was a Londoner who probably served an apprenticeship during the 1630s, like his brothers Ralph and Robert. In 1642 all three brothers joined the parliamentarian army as officers of foot. ...

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Coppe, Abiezer (1619–1672?), Baptist preacher and Ranter, was born on Sunday 30 May 1619, and baptized on 1 June at St Mary's, Warwick, the eldest known child of Walter Coppe (b. 1593, d. in or after 1667), who was probably a literate artisan, perhaps working with animal hides. After the Restoration ...

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Everard, William (bap. 1602?, d. in or after 1651), Digger, probably came from Reading. A William Everard was baptized on 9 May 1602 in the parish of St Giles, Reading, as William Evered. It appears that aged fourteen this William Everard was apprenticed on 14 August 1616 to ...

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Eyre [Eyres, Ayres], William (fl. 1634–1675), parliamentarian army officer and Leveller, is of obscure origins; the place and date of his birth and the names of his parents are not known. His rank of captain in a cavalry regiment during the first civil war suggests that he may have come from the rural middling sort. In his ...

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Feake, Christopher (1611/12–1682/3), Fifth Monarchist leader, was the eldest of five children of Edward Feake, gentleman, of Godstone, Surrey, and his wife, Anne Shaw. His birthplace is uncertain, although a Christopher Feake was baptized on 31 May 1612 at St Mary Magdalen, Milk Street...

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Ives, Jeremiah (fl. 1646–1674), Leveller, was a cheesemonger by trade who spent most of his adult life in London. Of his birth and early years nothing is known, but in 1672 he recalled a thirty-year association with the Baptists, and this may suggest his conversion took place about the start of the civil war. Probably in 1646 ...

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James, John (d. 1661), Fifth Monarchist and Seventh Day Baptist preacher, was a native of England, born of poor parents, but his birthplace is unknown. He had little education, and was a ribbon weaver by trade. For some years he earned a living as a small-coal man, but was not strong enough for the work and returned to weaving. He appears to have been of weak frame and diminutive stature. He became a preacher to a congregation of Seventh Day Baptists, who met in ...

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Larner, William (d. 1672?), printer and Leveller, was the son of William Larner (d. in or after 1646), yeoman, of Little Rissington, Gloucestershire. He was apprenticed in London's Merchant Taylors' Company in February 1630, but about 1633 he was transferred to a new master, a ...

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Lilburne [née Dewell], Elizabeth (fl. 1641–1660), Leveller, was the daughter of Henry Dewell (d. in or after 1655), a London merchant. Nothing is known of her early life but in or before September 1641 she married the future Leveller leader John Lilburne (1615?–1657)...

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John Lilburne (1615?–1657) by George Glover, 1641 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lilburne, John (1615?–1657), Leveller, was probably born at Sunderland in 1615. His father was Richard Lilburne (1583–1667), heir to a modest manorial holding at Thickley Punchardon near Bishop Auckland. His mother was Margaret (d. 1619), daughter of Thomas Hixon (d...

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Lockyer, Robert (1625/6–1649), Leveller and parliamentarian soldier, may have been the son of Mary Locker, who was a householder in the parish of St Botolph without Bishopsgate, London, in 1638. If this Robert was the same man as the future Leveller, he and his mother were rebaptized by the Particular Baptist ...

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Oates, Samuel (bap. 1614, d. 1683), General Baptist preacher and Leveller, was baptized at St Saviour's Church, Norwich, on 26 September 1614, the son of Titus Oates, a Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Anne. He is not to be confused with a namesake, the son of another ...

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