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Bailey, Thomas (1785–1856), newspaper editor and author, was born at Nottingham on 31 July 1785. His education was received partly in a day school in his native town, and partly in a boarding-school at Gilling, Yorkshire. Afterwards he was for some time engaged in his father's trade of silk hosier at ...

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Canne, John (d. 1667?), Independent minister and printer, may have been born in Bristol; details of his parents and early life are unknown. He possibly matriculated at Christ's College, Cambridge, in 1602. In the 1620s he was the 'teacher' of Deadman's Place Independent Church, London...

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Davies, David (d. 1807), Independent minister and journal editor, is a figure whose parentage and date of birth are unknown, but he was probably born at Llanybydder in Carmarthenshire. A student at the dissenters' academy in Swansea in 1786, he was ordained in 1787. His ministry began with two Independent churches, ...

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Davies, Richard (bap. 1635, d. 1708), Quaker preacher and autobiographer, was baptized on 22 March 1635 at Welshpool, Montgomeryshire, the son of Edward Davies. The name of his mother is unknown.

Richard Davies's parents had a small estate and he was given 'a little learning' (...

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Dukes, Ashley (1885–1959), playwright and theatre critic, was born on 29 May 1885 at Bridgwater, Somerset, the son of the Revd Edwin Joshua Dukes, Congregational minister, and his wife, Edith Mary Pope. Educated at Silcoates School, Yorkshire, he graduated in science at Manchester University...

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Dutton [née Williams], Anne (1691x5–1765), writer and autobiographer, was born in Northampton of devout parents (in 1691/1692 according to her gravestone, in 1695 according to her memoirs). Reared in a religious climate of hyper-Calvinism, increasing missionary zeal, and heightened passion for religious liberty, ...

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Ferguson, Robert (d. 1714), pamphleteer and conspirator, was the son of William Ferguson of Badifurrow in Aberdeenshire. He received a liberal education in his native land, probably at the University of Aberdeen, where in 1650 the name 'Robertus Fergusone Aberdonensis' is entered in the record ( ...

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Gibbons, Thomas (1720–1785), Independent minister and diarist, was born at Reach, Swaffham Prior, near Newmarket, on 31 May 1720, the son of Thomas Gibbons (c.1700–1757), sometime Independent minister at Olney, Buckinghamshire, and Royston, Hertfordshire, and his wife, Grace (1698/9–1764). After grammar school he was sent to the dissenting academy at ...

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Highmore [née Hiller], Susanna (1689/90–1750), poet, was the daughter of Anthony Hiller of Effingham, Surrey (d. 1725), and his wife, who died in 1731. On 28 May 1716 Susanna, 'an heiress', married Joseph Highmore (1692–1780), portrait painter. They lived in the parish of ...

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Hopkin, Lewis (1707/8–1771), poet and artisan, was the youngest son of Lewis Hopkin (c.1675–1756) of Peterston-super-montem, Glamorgan, and Joan (1674/5–1753), daughter of William Thomas of neighbouring Penrhiw-fer. One of his ancestors was the gentleman–poet Hopcyn Tomas Phylip (d. 1597) of ...

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Hughes, Hugh [pseud. Tegai] (1805–1864), poet and Congregational minister, was born at the village of Cilgeraint, Llandygái, Caernarvonshire, the son of Thomas Hughes and his wife, Barbara Owen. The family soon moved to nearby Tre-garth, where his father served as a deacon at the Independent church at ...

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Hutchinson [née Apsley], Lucy (1620–1681), poet and biographer, was born, according to her own account, on 29 January 1620 in the Tower of London, the second of the ten children of Sir Allen Apsley (1566/7–1630), lieutenant of the Tower, and his third wife, ...

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Lucy Hutchinson (1620–1681) by Samuel Freeman, pubd c.1825-1850 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Iaco ab Dewi [James Davies] (1647/8–1722), copyist and translator, was born in Llandysul, Cardiganshire. There is no record of his birth or baptism and nothing is known of his family antecedents, but he appears to have lived to early adulthood in Carmarthenshire. Under the influence of ...

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Ingelo, Nathaniel (1620/21–1683), author, was born at Bristol. His parentage is as yet unknown. In 1641 'Nathanaell Ingeley, Anglus' graduated MA at Edinburgh University. Ingelo's decision to study at Edinburgh, at the height of the struggles around the covenant, would seem to indicate strong presbyterian convictions, but, at some point in the early or mid-1640s he changed his position dramatically and became an Independent. In 1644 he was incorporated at ...

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Jones, Evan [pseud. Ieuan Gwynedd] (1820–1852), journalist and Independent minister, one of six children of Evan and Catherine Jones, was born at Bryn Tynoriaid, Brithdir, near Dolgellau, on 5 September 1820. He was extremely delicate all his life, so his schooling in the ...

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Laycock, Samuel (1826–1893), dialect poet, was born on 17 January 1826 at Intake Head, Pule Hill, Marsden, Yorkshire, the third of the four children of John Laycock (1791–1861), a hand-loom weaver, and his wife, Sarah, née France (1791–1860). The family worshipped at Buckley Hill Independent Chapel, Marsden...

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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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Orange, James (bap. 1800, d. 1878), author and philanthropist, was baptized on 13 April 1800 in the church of St Mary and All Saints, Chesterfield, the son of William Orange, joiner, and his wife, Mary, née Maw, who married at Chesterfield on 9 July 1792. He had a sister, ...

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Ormond, John [formerly John Ormond Thomas] (1923–1990), poet and film-maker, was born on 3 April 1923 at 2 Bridge Terrace, Dunvant, Swansea, the only child of Arthur Thomas (1892–1950), shoemaker, and his wife, Elsie (1894–1965). He was educated at Dunvant elementary school...