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Fleming, (William) Launcelot Scott (1906–1990), geologist and bishop of Norwich, was born on 7 August 1906 in Edinburgh, the youngest of four sons (the second of whom died at the age of five months) and fifth of five children of Robert Alexander Fleming MD LLD...

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Samuel Goodenough (1743–1827) by Henry Hoppner Meyer, 1811 (after James Northcote, 1810) by permission of the Linnean Society of London; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Goodenough, Samuel (1743–1827), bishop of Carlisle and botanist, was born at Kimpton, near Weyhill, Hampshire, on 29 April 1743, the second son of the Revd William Goodenough, rector of Kimpton and of Broughton Poges, Oxfordshire, and prebendary of Brecon Cathedral, and his wife, ...

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Murray, Lord George (1761–1803), inventor of a shutter telegraph system and bishop of St David's, was born at Dunkeld House, Dunkeld, Perthshire, on 30 January 1761, the second surviving son of John Murray, third duke of Atholl (1729–1774), and his wife, Charlotte Murray, ...

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Seth Ward (1617–1689) by John Greenhill, 1673 photograph: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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Ward, Seth (1617–1689), astronomer and bishop of Exeter and Salisbury, was born in Buntingford, Hertfordshire, and was baptized at St Mary's Church in nearby Aspenden on 5 April 1617. He was the second son of John Ward (d. 1656), an attorney in ...

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Willes, Edward (1694–1773), bishop of Bath and Wells and cryptanalyst, was born at Bishop's Itchington, Warwickshire, on 6 March 1694, the son of John Willes (1647/8–1700), rector of that parish, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Sir William Walker of Oxfordshire. The judge ...