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Blomfild [Blomefield], William (fl. 1529–1574), alchemist and priest, was born in Bury St Edmunds. He was a Benedictine monk and priest at Bury in his youth. In 1529 he was questioned at London regarding certain protestant tenets (which he abjured) although he seems later in life to have gravitated towards Calvinism. In 1543, at which time he was living in ...

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Miles, Henry (1698–1763), dissenting minister and writer on science, was born at Stroud, Gloucestershire, on 2 June 1698. Nothing is known of his parentage and early life except that his parents were members of the Church of England. Although his early education was limited he avidly read the works of the puritans, which led him to become a dissenter. In the early 1720s he prepared for the Independent ministry, probably at an Independent academy in ...

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Morgan, George Cadogan (1754–1798), dissenting minister and scientist, was born at Bridgend in the county of Glamorgan. His father, William Morgan (1708–1772), was a surgeon and apothecary, practising at Bridgend; his mother, Sarah (1726–1803), was the daughter of Rice and Catherine Price of ...

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Taylor, Isaac [known as Isaac Taylor of Stanford Rivers] (1787–1865), writer on theology, artist, and inventor, was born at Lavenham, Suffolk, on 17 August 1787. He was the fourth child and eldest surviving son of Isaac Taylor of Ongar (1759–1829), artist, engraver, and dissenting minister, and his wife, ...