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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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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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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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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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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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Overton, Benjamin [formerly Ebenezer] (c. 1647–1711), politician and political pamphleteer, was a younger son of the radically inclined Cromwellian major-general Robert Overton (1608/9–1678/9) and his wife, Ann (1615/16–1665), daughter of Jeremy Gardiner of Stratford, Middlesex.

Much of what is known of Overton's...

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Owen, David [pseud. Brutus] (1795–1866), journalist and writer, was born in late 1795 at Llanpumpsaint, near Carmarthen, and baptized on 25 December 1795, the son of David Benjamin Owen, a shoemaker and an Anglican parish clerk, and Rachel Owen, a Baptist. He was educated locally, and at ...

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Price, Joseph (1736?–1807), Church of England clergyman and diarist, was probably born in East Anglia. The nature of his early education is unknown, but he was brought up as a dissenter and maintained contact with several leading dissenters throughout his life. His father had been a successful tradesman in ...

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St Nicholas, Thomas (bap. 1602, d. 1668), lawyer and poet, was baptized on 3 October 1602 at Ash, near Sandwich, Kent, the eldest son and fourth child of Thomas St Nicholas (1567–1626) and Dorothy (1578–1605), daughter of William Tilghman of Snodland, near Rochester...

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Stubbe [Stubbes, Stubbs], Henry (1632–1676), author and physician, was born on 28 February 1632 at Partney, Lincolnshire, the son of Henry Stubbes (1605/6–1678), rector of the parish, and Mary Purefoy. They may not have been married at Henry's birth as, when he died intestate, it was said his estate was confiscated, he 'being a Bastard' (...

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Venn, Anne (bap. 1627, d. 1654), religious radical and diarist, was baptized in London on 1 January 1627 at All Hallows, Bread Street, the only daughter of John Venn (bap. 1586, d. 1650), a silk merchant trading from his shop on Bread Street...

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Walker, Henry (fl. 1638–1660), journalist and preacher, was born in Derbyshire of unknown parentage. On 28 October 1638 he was admitted a pensioner at Queens' College, Cambridge; though he appears not to have proceeded BA, he claimed to have been ordained a deacon by a representative of the bishop of ...

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Weeton [married name Stock], Nelly [Ellen] (1776–1849), letter writer and governess, was born on 25 December 1776 in Lancaster, possibly in Church Street, the second of the four children of Thomas Weeton (1744–1782), privateersman and slave-ship captain, and Mary (1746?–1797), daughter of ...

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Wesley, Samuel (bap. 1662, d. 1735), Church of England clergyman and poet, was baptized on 17 December 1662 in Winterborne Whitechurch, Dorset, probably the third of at least four children of the Revd John Westley (1635/6–1671), vicar of Winterborne Whitechurch until his ejection, in 1662, under the ...

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Samuel Wesley (bap. 1662, d. 1735) by George Vertue, 1735 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Whiting, Nathaniel (1611/12–1682), satirist and nonconformist minister, was the son of Nathaniel Whiting, of Horspool Grange, near Desford, Leicestershire, gentleman, and his first wife, Elizabeth, née Heath. He was born in Etton rectory, Northamptonshire, the home of his grandfather Giles Whiting (1550–1627), a puritan minister, and was baptized there on 17 September 1612; he was aged seven in 1619. He was admitted to ...

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Wyld, James, the younger (1812–1887), cartographer and geographical publisher, was born in North Street, Lambeth, Surrey, on 20 November 1812, the son of James Wyld the elder and his wife, Elizabeth Legg. He was baptized in the Ebenezer Chapel, Mayfair, on 26 December 1812. He was educated at the ...

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James Wyld the younger (1812–1887) by unknown engraver, pubd 1857 (after John Jabez Edwin Mayall) © National Portrait Gallery, London