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Bradford, John (1750–1805), Church of England clergyman and Independent minister, was born at Hereford, the son of John Bradford, a clothier. He was brought up as an Anglican and educated at Hereford grammar school before proceeding to Wadham College, Oxford, whence he matriculated on 25 June 1767 and graduated BA in 1771. After leaving ...

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Pierce, Samuel Eyles (1746–1829), Independent minister, was born at Upottery rectory, near Honiton, Devon, on 23 June 1746, the son of Adam Pierce (1717–1785), cabinet-maker, and Susannah Chilcott (c.1710–1770). Of retiring disposition as a boy, he was brought up in a church home, his maternal grandfather being vicar of ...

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Roby, William (1766–1830), Independent minister, was born on 23 March 1766 at Haigh, near Wigan, the son of Nehemiah Roby (d. 1814), proprietor of a commercial school, and his first wife, Mary Bond (d. c.1780). The family included a younger stepbrother, ...

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William Roby (1766–1830) by Samuel William Reynolds senior, pubd 1829 (after W. H. Parry) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Scott, Jonathan (1735–1807), Independent minister, was born on 15 November 1735 at Shrewsbury, the second son of Captain Richard Scott of Scott's Hall in Kent and Mary, the daughter and heir of Jonathan Scott of Belton Grange, near Shrewsbury. After 'a polite education' (...