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Horace Gundry Alexander (1889–1989) by Morland Braithwaite private collection

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Alexander, Horace Gundry (1889–1989), Quaker envoy and mediator, was born on 18 April 1889 at Croydon, Surrey, the youngest of four sons of Joseph Gundry Alexander (1848–1918), a Quaker barrister and advocate of international arbitration, and of Josephine Crosfield Alexander. He was educated at ...

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Beadon, Frederick (1777–1879), Church of England clergyman and centenarian, third son of the Revd Edward Beadon, rector of North Stoneham, Hampshire, was born in London on 6 December 1777. He was educated at Charterhouse School and at Trinity College, Oxford. He took orders in 1801, and was shortly afterwards presented by his uncle, ...

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Catherine Bramwell- Booth (1883–1987) by Snowdon, 1979 Snowdon / Camera Press, London; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Booth, Catherine Bramwell- (1883–1987), Salvation Army officer, was born on 20 July 1883 at Hadley Wood, Middlesex, the eldest in the family of two sons and five daughters of (William) Bramwell Booth (1856–1929), Salvation Army general, and his wife, Florence Eleanor Booth, née...

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Dillon, (Laurence) Michael (1915–1962), transsexual and Buddhist monk, was born Laura Maud Dillon on 1 May 1915 at 20 Ladbroke Gardens, London, the only daughter and second child of Robert Arthur Dillon (1865–1925) and his Australian wife, Laura Maud McCliver, née Reese (...

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Geddie, Emelia [Emilia] (1665–1681), child prophet and exemplar of godliness, was born at Hilltown of Falkland, Fife, one of three children (her two brothers died young) of John Gedde of Hilltown of Falkland (fl. 1647–1697), steward clerk of Fife, and Anne Wallace (...

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Gilbert of Sempringham [St Gilbert of Sempringham] (1083–1189), monastic reformer, was the son, probably the eldest, of Jocelin, a Norman knightly tenant of Alfred of Lincoln, and an unnamed Anglo-Saxon mother, through whom his father presumably came into his estates, most of which were concentrated in ...

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Hugh of Lincoln [St Hugh of Lincoln, Little St Hugh] (c. 1246–1255), supposed victim of crucifixion, was the son of Beatrice of Lincoln. He is known as Little St Hugh to distinguish him from St Hugh, bishop of Lincoln (1140?–1200). His death, in all probability accidental, and most likely on 27 August 1255, was the catalyst for the accusation of ritual murder aimed at the Jewish community of ...

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Leslie, John (1571–1671), Church of Ireland bishop of Clogher, was born at Crichie, Aberdeenshire, on 14 October 1571, the eldest son of George Leslie and his wife, Marjorie. He was educated at the University of Aberdeen and on the continent, principally in France...

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Lord, Thomas (1808–1908), Congregational minister, was born of poor parents at Olney, Buckinghamshire, on 22 April 1808. His father was John Lord and his mother Hannah, née Austin. Mainly self-taught, he was apprenticed to a shoemaker. His family moved to Northampton in 1816 where they joined ...

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Sir Moses Haim Montefiore (1784–1885) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Montefiore, Sir Moses Haim (1784–1885), financier and Jewish community leader, the eldest son of Joseph Elias Montefiore, a London businessman, and Rachel, the daughter of Abraham Lumbroso de Mattos Mocatta, was born in Leghorn, Italy (during a visit there by his parents), on 24 October 1784. On his father's side ...

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Wentworth, Jane [Anne] [called the Maid of Ipswich] (c. 1503–1572?), visionary, was a daughter of Sir Roger Wentworth of Gosfield, Essex, and came of a prominent East Anglian gentry family. Her remarkable story is recorded in a contemporary narrative by Robert, Lord Curzon...

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Whale, John Seldon (1896–1997), United Reformed minister and theologian, was born at Mevagissey, Cornwall, on 19 December 1896, the son of the Revd John Whale (1863–1916), who in 1901 ceased to be a hired local preacher among the Free Methodists and entered the Congregational ministry. His mother was ...

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Withers, William (bap. 1568, d. 1647), child prophet and Church of England clergyman, was baptized in the Suffolk town of Walsham-le-Willows on 4 April 1568, the second son of eight children of William Withers (d. 1617), a relatively prosperous yeoman whose ancestors had been tenant farmers of the manor of ...