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Aldam, Thomas (1616?–1660), Quaker preacher and writer, was born in Warmsworth, near Doncaster, although no further details of his parentage are known. He was a relatively affluent yeoman. He married Mary Killam (d. 1660) in 1644, and the couple had at least one child, ...

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Alexander, Mary (1760–1809), Quaker minister, was born on 7 February 1760 at Needham Market, Suffolk, the third of the eight children of Dykes Alexander (c.1724–1786), shopkeeper, and his wife, Martha Biddle (1727–1775), of whom five survived childhood. Both her parents were established Quakers, her father being an elder and her mother a minister. ...

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Ames, William (d. 1662), Quaker preacher, was born at Frampton Cotterell, near Bristol; his parents' names are not known. He was not well educated and when young was prone to lying, drunkenness, and licentiousness. During the civil war he joined the king's army and later served as a marine under ...

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Ashbridge [née Sampson], Elizabeth (1713–1755), Quaker minister and writer, was born in Middlewich, Cheshire, the daughter of Thomas Sampson, a ship's surgeon, and his wife, Mary. Few details are known about Elizabeth's early life, parents, and family; indeed, most of the information about her later life and career is taken from her spiritual autobiography (composed about 1745), which records her '...

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Audland, John (c. 1630–1664), Quaker preacher, was born near Camsgill, Kendal, Westmorland, to 'parents and kindred of good repute' (Thomas Camm's testimony). A linen draper, he lived at Crosslands, near Preston Patrick, Westmorland. Early on he became an eminent preacher and '...

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Backhouse, Edward (1808–1879), Quaker minister and historical writer, was born at Darlington on 8 May 1808, the son of Edward and Mary Backhouse. He lived from his youth at Sunderland, where he was partner in the collieries and the bank with which his family had been connected for many years, although he took no active part in the business. He was fond of travel, a good amateur painter, and a student of natural history. He devoted himself chiefly to the promotion of philanthropic and religious causes. He was a generous supporter of various institutions in ...

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Benson, Gervase (d. 1679), Quaker leader, lived at Haygarth in Sedbergh, Yorkshire, and Kendal, Westmorland; he also had a house at Borratt in Sedbergh. A notary public before 1640, and later commissary of the archdeaconry of Richmond at Kendal, Benson was the first ecclesiastical lawyer to join ...

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Biddle, Hester (1629/30–1697), Quaker minister and writer, spent her childhood in Oxford. She twice refers to having been born an Anglican, but nothing else is known of her family origin. She wrote only under her married name, so her marriage to Thomas Biddle (...

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Blaugdone, Barbara (c. 1609–1704), Quaker preacher, was 'a Woman of good Parts and Education' (Besse, 2.37) and well connected. Her husband, about whom nothing is known, probably died young, leaving her a widow with a small income which she supplemented by teaching. She was converted to Quakerism in 1654 by ...

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Blaykling, Ann (fl. 1652–1708), Quaker preacher, was probably born at Draw-well, near Sedbergh in Yorkshire, the daughter of Thomas Blaykling, of whom nothing is known except that he shared a substantial house with his son John (1625–1705). Another son, Richard, was a puritan minister. When ...

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Bownas, Samuel (1677–1753), Quaker minister and writer, was born on 20 January 1677 at Shap, Westmorland, the second of the two children of Anthony Bownas (d. 1677), shoemaker, and his wife, Agnes. Samuel's father died within a month of his birth. Thereafter money was short and he and his brother received only a basic education in reading and writing. At thirteen ...

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Braithwaite, Joseph Bevan (1818–1905), barrister and Quaker minister, was born on 21 June 1818 in Highgate, Kendal; with his twin sister he was the youngest of the nine children of Isaac Braithwaite (1781–1861), dyestuff manufacturer and drysalter, and Anna Braithwaite, both parents being of long-standing Quaker families. His mother, ...

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Brandwood, James (1739–1826), Quaker minister, was born on 11 November 1739 at New House, Entwistle, near Rochdale, where his parents were yeoman farmers. In adulthood Brandwood practised as a land surveyor and conveyancer, and is also said to have acted as the steward of the ...

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Brown, Henton (1697/8–1775), Quaker minister and banker, of unknown parentage, was born in London. He was educated by Friends, and in 1718 he married Sarah, of whom further details are unknown, in an Anglican ceremony, contrary to the beliefs of the society. The couple repented this action and their acknowledgement of wrongdoing was accepted by the society on 20 January 1720. The couple had eleven children, many of whom died in infancy....

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Burnyeat, John (1631–1690), Quaker minister, was born at Crabtreebeck, near Loweswater, Cumberland. Beyond his occupation as a farmer, little is known of his life before George Fox convinced him of Quakerism in 1653.

Until 1657 John Burnyeat limited his religious activities to attending meetings and occasionally speaking publicly, then became more active by disrupting Anglican services to espouse the Quaker faith. In 1658 he tried unsuccessfully to spread Quakerism in ...

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Camm [née Newby; other married name Audland], Anne (1627–1705), Quaker preacher, was born in August 1627, the daughter of Richard Newby of Kendal; she was baptized there on 28 October 1627. Westmorland was to remain her home in later life: she lived at ...

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Camm, John (1605–1657), Quaker preacher, was born at Camsgill, near Kendal, Westmorland. His parentage and education were of 'honest' and 'good report' and 'as good as any of that degree in that part of the country' (...

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Camm, Thomas (1640/41–1708), Quaker preacher and writer, was born at Camsgill, Preston Patrick, Westmorland, the son of John Camm (1605–1657), a yeoman, and his wife, Mabel (1605?–1692), themselves both Quakers. He received a good education at the hands of his father, whose '...

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Caton, William (1636–1665), Quaker preacher, details of whose parentage and early childhood are unknown, was probably brought up in north-west England in an orthodox Calvinist environment of prayer, sermon, and scripture. At fourteen he was taken by his father to Swarthmoor Hall, near ...