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Acton, Charles Januarius Edward (1803–1847), cardinal, was born at Naples on 6 March 1803, the second son of Sir John Francis Edward Acton, sixth baronet (1736–1811), of Aldenham Hall, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Sir John was commander-in-chief of the land and sea forces of the kingdom of ...

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Allen, William (1532–1594), cardinal, was born at Rossall Grange in the parish of Poulton-le-Fylde in Lancashire, the third of four sons of John Allen (d. c.1566) and Jane, the daughter of Thomas Lister of Westbury, Yorkshire; there were three younger sisters. The family were minor gentry, leasing ...

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Amherst, Francis Kerril (1819–1883), Roman Catholic bishop of Northampton, was born on 21 March 1819, at 13 Queen Anne Street, Marylebone, Middlesex, and baptized at St James's Church, Spanish Place. He was the eldest of the three sons and five daughters of William Kerril Amherst...

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Amigo, Peter Emmanuel (1864–1949), Roman Catholic bishop of Southwark, was born on 26 May 1864 at Waterport Street, Gibraltar, the ninth of the eleven children of Peter Lawrence Amigo (b. 1825), flour merchant, and his wife, Emily Savignon, or Sabinon (b...

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Baggs, Charles Michael (1806–1845), college head and vicar apostolic of the western district, was born at Belville, in co. Meath, Ireland, on 21 May 1806. He was the eldest son of a protestant barrister of Dublin, Charles Baggs, afterwards judge of the court of vice-admiralty in ...

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Peter Baines [Augustine] (1786–1843) by L. Thenweneti © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baines, Peter [name in religion Augustine] (1786–1843), vicar apostolic of the western district, was born on 25 June 1786 at Pear Tree Farm, Kirkby, near Liverpool, the elder son of James Baines, 'farmer and yeoman' (will, proved 1809, TNA: PRO...

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Baynes, Ralph (d. 1559), bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, was born in Yorkshire. Nothing certain is known of his parentage, though his father's name may have been Adam. He attended St John's College, Cambridge, graduating BA in 1518 and proceeding MA in 1521, when he also became a fellow. He proceeded BTh in 1532 and DTh in 1555. His clerical career began when he was ordained priest at ...

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Beaton, James (1524–1603), diplomat and archbishop of Glasgow, born in the spring or early summer of 1524, was the son of James Beaton, laird of Balfarg (Fife), and his wife, Helen Melville. He belonged to the third generation of the Beaton hegemony in the church: lesser prelates apart, ...

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George Andrew Beck (1904–1978) by Elliott & Fry, 1955 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Beck, George Andrew (1904–1978), Roman Catholic archbishop of Liverpool, was born on 28 May 1904 in Streatham, London, the second son of Fleet Street journalist Patrick Beck and his Irish wife, Louisa O'Keefe. He was educated at Clapham College and later at the Assumptionist ...

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Bégin, Louis-Nazaire (1840–1925), cardinal and archbishop of Quebec, born at La Pointe-Lévis in French Canada on 10 January 1840, was the son of Charles Bégin, farmer, and his wife, Luce Paradis. His parents came of farming stock of French descent. He began his education at the ...

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Berington, Charles (1748–1798), vicar apostolic of the midland district, was born at Stock Hall, near Chelmsford, Essex, the third of the four children of Thomas Berington, gentleman, of Moat Hall, Pontesbury, Shropshire, and his wife, Anne, daughter of a Mr Bates of Stock Hall...

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William Bishop (c. 1554–1624) by unknown artist Archbishop's House, Westminster; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bishop, William (c. 1554–1624), Roman Catholic bishop, was born at Brailes, Warwickshire, the eldest son of John Bishop (c.1509–1601) and Helen Onsley (d. 1588). His family was armigerous and came originally from Yorkshire; they remained on the same estate at ...

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Blake, Anthony (1707–1787), Roman Catholic archbishop of Armagh, was born in Kilvine, co. Mayo, younger son of Patrick Blake, landowner, of a prominent local family. He was educated locally, in co. Galway, and was probably ordained in Ireland before travelling to St Omer...

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Edmund Bonner (d. 1569) by unknown engraver, pubd 1563 [seated, right] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bonner, Edmund (d. 1569), bishop of London, was probably born in Hanley, Worcestershire. He was the son of Elizabeth Frodsham, later the wife of Edmund Bonner, sawyer, but most contemporary records suggest that he was the natural son of George Savage, the rector of ...

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Bourne, Francis Alphonsus (1861–1935), Roman Catholic archbishop of Westminster, was born on 23 March 1861 at 10 Larkhall Rise, Clapham, London, the second of two sons of Henry Bourne (1826–1870), a Post Office worker and a convert to Roman Catholicism, and Ellen (1824–1900)...

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Brady, Richard [Risteard Mac Brádaigh] (d. 1607), Roman Catholic bishop of Kilmore, was a member of the ancient Mac Brádaigh family, probably from Cúil Brighde (Castletara) in Breifne-O'Reilly (in his day renamed Cavan). Donagh Mooney, who knew him well and who is the main source of our information about him, said he was a ...