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A. B. Grosart

revised by M. J. Mercer

Aldridge, William (1737–1797), Independent minister, was born at Warminster, in Wiltshire. He spent his youth in the pursuit of pleasure, but in his twenties he was affected by a passionate desire to be a preacher of the gospel. He joined the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion...

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Bradford, John (1750–1805), Church of England clergyman and Independent minister, was born at Hereford, the son of John Bradford, a clothier. He was brought up as an Anglican and educated at Hereford grammar school before proceeding to Wadham College, Oxford, whence he matriculated on 25 June 1767 and graduated BA in 1771. After leaving ...

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J. H. Thorpe

revised by M. J. Mercer

Brewer, Jehoiada (c. 1752–1817), Independent preacher, was probably born in Newport, Monmouthshire. He was apprenticed to a currier at Bristol but, influenced by a minister of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, trained for the ministry at Trevecca College and, upon leaving, took to preaching in the villages around ...

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Carpenter, Emily Ann (1834–1933), college head, was born at Dobson Terrace, Newington, London, on 23 January 1835, the youngest of five children (three daughters and two sons) of Joseph Carpenter (1795-1878), auctioneer and estate agent, and his wife, Sarah née Hadland...

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W. E. A. Axon

revised by Alan Argent

Clayton, John (1754–1843), Congregational minister, was born at Wood End Farm, Clayton Green, near Chorley, Lancashire, on 5 October 1754. He was the only son of George Clayton (bap. 1711), a bleacher of cotton and calicoes, and his wife, Alice Fowler; he had nine elder sisters. He was educated at ...

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Figgis, (John) Neville (1866–1919), political theorist and theologian, was born at Brighton on 2 October 1866, the elder of the two sons of John Bradley Figgis (1837–1916), minister and chairman of the trustees of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, and his wife, Harriett Webb...

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(John) Neville Figgis (1866–1919) by unknown photographer [detail] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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J. M. Rigg

revised by Timothy C. F. Stunt

Garrett, Jeremiah Learnoult (1764–1806?), dissenting minister, was born at Horsleydown, in the Borough, Southwark, near the Old Stairs, on 29 February 1764. His parents were boat builders, respectable people, but by no means evangelically religious. The evangelical habit of mind, however, showed itself early in ...

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Gill, (Arthur) Eric Rowton (1882–1940), artist, craftsman, and social critic, was born at 32 Hamilton Road, Brighton, Sussex, on 22 February 1882, the eldest son and second of the thirteen children of the Revd Arthur Tidman Gill (1848–1933), minister of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion...

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(Arthur) Eric Rowton Gill (1882–1940) self-portrait, 1927 © courtesy the Artist's Estate / Bridgeman Art Library; Art Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin

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Selina Hastings, countess of Huntingdon (1707–1791) by unknown engraver, pubd 1773 (after John Russell, 1773) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hastings [née Shirley], Selina, countess of Huntingdon (1707–1791), founder of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, was born on 13 August 1707, probably at Astwell House, Northamptonshire, the second of three daughters of Washington Shirley, second Earl Ferrers (1677–1729), and Mary (d...

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Johnson, John (c. 1763–1804), minister of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, was born near Norwich. Details of his parentage and education are not known. He was converted about 1776 by a sermon of John Clayton at the Norwich Tabernacle, one of Selina, countess of Huntingdon's...

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Lethbridge, Joseph Watts (1817–1885), minister of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion and Congregational minister, was born at Plymouth on 20 January 1817. He entered Cheshunt College in 1842, and in 1846 the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, in which he served at Kidderminster, at ...

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A. R. Buckland

revised by H. C. G. Matthew

Lovett, Richard (1851–1904), author, son of Richard Deacon Lovett and Annie Godart, his wife, was born at Croydon on 5 January 1851. Nine years of boyhood (1858–67) were spent with his parents at Brooklyn in the United States. Leaving school there at an early age, he was employed by a ...

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Marrant, John (1755–1791), missionary and autobiographer, was born in New York on 15 June 1755. When he was four he moved with his mother to Florida after his father's death. There he learned to read, continuing his education in Georgia until the age of eleven, when they moved to ...

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Bertha Porter

revised by J. M. V. Quinn

Parsons, Edward (1762–1833), Congregational minister, was born in Stepney, Middlesex, on 16 July 1762 into an Irish family. He became one of the earliest students at the countess of Huntingdon's college at Trefeca, and on leaving became a minister in the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion...

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Edward Parsons (1762–1833) by Thomas Goff Lupton, pubd 1819 (after James Northcote) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pierce, Samuel Eyles (1746–1829), Independent minister, was born at Upottery rectory, near Honiton, Devon, on 23 June 1746, the son of Adam Pierce (1717–1785), cabinet-maker, and Susannah Chilcott (c.1710–1770). Of retiring disposition as a boy, he was brought up in a church home, his maternal grandfather being vicar of ...