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Jennett Humphreys

revised by R. K. Webb

Acton, Henry (1797–1843), Unitarian minister, was born on 10 March 1797, at Lewes, Sussex, the third of four sons of William Acton, a labourer, and his wife, Mary. Apprenticed at sixteen to a printer, Acton was led by biblical study from Anglicanism to Unitarianism and to the ...

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Alfred Ainger (1837–1904) by George Du Maurier, c. 1881 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ainger, Alfred [pseud. Doubleday] (1837–1904), writer and Church of England clergyman, born at 10 Doughty Street, London, on 9 February 1837, was the youngest of the four children of Alfred Ainger (1797–1859) and his first wife, Marianne Jagger (d. 1839) of ...

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William Harrison Ainsworth (1805–1882) by Daniel Maclise, c. 1834 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ainsworth, William Harrison (1805–1882), novelist, was born on 4 February 1805 at 21 King Street, Manchester, the elder of two sons of Thomas Ainsworth (1778–1824), a solicitor, and his wife, Ann (1778–1842), daughter of the Revd Ralph Harrison (1748–1810), a nonconformist minister and tutor of languages and literature at the ...

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Atkinson, Henry (1781–1829), mathematician and astronomer, was born on 28 June 1781 at West Harle, Northumberland, the son of Cuthbert Atkinson, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was educated by his father, who ran a number of schools in small towns in ...

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Austin, Charles (1799–1874), barrister, was born in Suffolk on 26 March 1799, the second of the five sons and two daughters of Jonathan Austin and his wife, Anne, née Redhouse, of Ipswich. Jonathan Austin was a miller and corn merchant who made large amounts of money as a government contractor during the Napoleonic wars. He was a handsome, vigorous, self-educated, and astute man who liked to read. ...

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W. B. Squire

revised by Clive Brown

Bache, Francis Edward (1833–1858), composer and organist, was born on 14 September 1833 at Birmingham, the eldest of the seven children of Samuel Bache (1804–1876), a Unitarian minister, and his wife, Emily, née Higginson (d. 1855). From a very early age he showed extraordinary talent for music, learning the piano, organ, and violin. On the last instrument, which he studied with ...

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Barham, Thomas Foster (1794–1869), physician and classical scholar, was born at Hendon, Middlesex, on 10 September 1794, the eldest son of six children born to Thomas Foster Barham (1766–1844) and his wife, Mary Ann Morton. Among his brothers, William Foster Barham (1802–1845) was a writer, ...

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Boucher, John (1819–1878), Unitarian minister, was born in Moneyreagh, co. Down, the son of David Boucher, a tenant farmer. His educational history is obscure, owing in part to the complex and unfortunately only spottily documented history of the Belfast Academical Institution, from which he was accorded the general certificate from the college department in 1837. He may then have pursued further theological instruction from ...

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Bowman, John Eddowes, the younger (1819–1856), chemist, was born at Welshpool in north Wales on 7 July 1819, the fourth son of John Eddowes Bowman the elder (1785–1841), banker and naturalist, and his wife, Elizabeth Eddowes (1788–1859), daughter of William Eddowes of Shrewsbury...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by Shirley Burgoyne Black

Brent, John (1808–1882), antiquary and author, was born at Rotherhithe on 21 August 1808, the eldest son of John Brent, a shipbuilder, who moved to Canterbury about 1821, became mayor of the city on three occasions, and was deputy lieutenant for the county. His mother was ...

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Briggs, Katharine Mary (1898–1980), writer and folklorist, was born on 8 November 1898 at 102 Fellows Road, Hampstead, eldest daughter of Ernest Edward Briggs (1866–1913) and his wife, Mary Cooper (1867–1956). Her father belonged to a wealthy Unitarian family in Yorkshire, engaged in mining, banking, and various industrial enterprises; he made an unconventional but happy marriage with a farmer's daughter. After a serious illness at sixteen he had given up a career in the family firm for the ...

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Browne, Theophilus (bap. 1762, d. 1835), Unitarian minister, was born in Derby and baptized there at All Saints Church on 26 August 1762. He was the son of Theophilus Browne and his wife, Margaret, who died, widowed, on 21 February 1795, aged seventy-six. The younger ...

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Charles Alexander Calvert (1828–1879) by William Keith, c. 1860 [as Caliban in The Tempest] V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Calvert, Charles Alexander (1828–1879), actor and theatre manager, was born in London on 28 February 1828, the son of William Henry Calvert (d. 1857), a silk merchant, who claimed descent from George Calvert, the first Lord Baltimore. A. W. Ward's assertion (...

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Richard Carmichael (1779–1849) by Edward Francis Finden (after Sir Frederic William Burton) Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Carmichael, Richard (1779–1849), surgeon and educationist, was born in Bishop Street, Dublin, on 6 February 1779, the fourth son of Hugh Carmichael, solicitor, who was closely related to the Scottish family of the earls of Hyndford, and his wife, Sarah (née Rogers)...

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Carpenter, Philip Pearsall (1819–1877), social reformer and conchologist, youngest child of Lant Carpenter (1780–1840), Unitarian divine and schoolmaster, and his wife, Anna (d. 1856), daughter of James Penn of Kidderminster, was born at Bristol on 4 November 1819. His sister Mary Carpenter (1807–1877)...