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Bois, John (1561–1644), biblical translator, was born on 3 January 1561 at Nettlestead, Suffolk, the only child to live to adulthood of William Bois (1513?–1591), rector of West Stow, Suffolk, and his wife, Mirabel, née Pooley (c.1513–c.1601). William Bois...

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Coverdale, Miles (1488–1569), Bible translator and bishop of Exeter, was born, according to Bale, in Yorkshire (patria Eboracensis). No details are known of his parentage or early education. According to Tanner he was ordained priest in Norwich by John Underwood, bishop of ...

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Davies, Richard (c. 1505–1581), bishop of St David's and biblical translator, was born at Plas y Person, Gyffin, Caernarvonshire, the son of Dafydd ap Gronw, curate of Gyffin in the diocese of Bangor, and his ‘wife’, Sioned, daughter of Dafydd ap Richard; such clerical marriages were common in ...

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Glen, William (1778–1849), missionary and biblical translator, was born in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, on 30 January 1778, the son of William Glen, tailor. He matriculated at Glasgow University in 1797 but left without a degree and studied at the theological college of the Associate Synod...

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Huet, Thomas (d. 1591), biblical translator, was probably a native of Brecknockshire and in 1544 was a member of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (though probably not the Huet who took his BA in 1562). He became master of the college of the Holy Trinity...

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Martin, Gregory (1542?–1582), Roman Catholic priest and biblical translator, was born at Maxfield in Guestling, Sussex. Little is known about his family and early life. Nominated in 1557 as one of the original scholars at St John's College, Oxford, by Sir Thomas White...

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Mawer, John (1702/3–1763), poet and biblical translator, was the younger son of John Mawer (b. 1668, d. in or after 1729) of Upleatham, Cleveland, and his wife, Elizabeth Hart (d. in or after 1729). After schooling nearby at Kirkleatham he proceeded in 1721 to ...

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Merrick, James (1720–1769), biblical and classical scholar and translator, was born at Reading on 8 January 1720, the son of John Merrick MD (1669/70–1757) and Elizabeth (d. 1764), daughter of Richard Lybbe of Hardwick, Oxfordshire. The Latin inscription on his parents' graves in ...

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Morgan, William (1544/5–1604), bishop of St Asaph and biblical translator, was born between 19 December 1544 and 14 April 1545, but most probably early in 1545, in ‘y Tyddyn Mawr ym mlaen Wybrnant’, that is Tŷ-mawr Wybrnant, in the parish of Penmachno, Caernarvonshire...

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Nisbet, Murdoch (fl. 1531–c. 1559), biblical translator, was a notary public in the diocese of Glasgow. A resident of Hardhill in the parish of Loudoun, Ayrshire, Nisbet's notarial work associated him with known religious dissidents in the area around Kyle and Cunninghame...

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Parry, Richard (1560–1623), bishop of St Asaph and biblical translator, was the son of John ap Hari or Parry of Pwllhalog in the parish of Cwm, Flintshire, and of Ruthin, and his wife, Elen, daughter of Dafydd ap John of Dyffryn Clwyd. He was born at ...

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Phillips, John Bertram (1906–1982), biblical translator and Christian apologist, was born in Barnes, Surrey, on 16 September 1906, the second of three children and elder son of Philip William Phillips OBE, a civil servant in the ministries of Health and Labour, and his wife, ...

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Platt, Thomas Pell (1798–1852), biblical translator, was born in London, the son of Thomas Platt. After school in Little Dunham, Norfolk, he was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge, as pensioner, on 25 November 1816. He was elected scholar on 3 April 1818, Davies scholar in 1819 (the same year in which he was president of the union), and Tyrwhitt Hebrew scholar in 1821. He graduated BA in 1820, became a fellow in 1820, and proceeded MA in 1823....

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Purver, Anthony (1702–1777), biblical translator and Quaker preacher, was the son of a farmer at Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire. He was a promising pupil at the village school. While apprenticed to a shoemaker, he read Rusticus ad academicos by the Quaker Samuel Fisher. Fisher's...

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Tyndale, William (c. 1494–1536), translator of the Bible and religious reformer, was born in Gloucestershire, probably in one of the villages near Dursley (possibly Stinchcombe). Landowners, wool merchants, and administrators, the prosperous family was related to the Tyndales of Northamptonshire, Essex, and ...