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Alexander Gordon

Reviser M. J. Mercer

Addington, Stephen (1729–1796), Independent minister and tutor, was born at Northampton on 9 June 1729, the seventh son of Samuel Addington, who was either a hatter or a glover, and his wife, Mary. He was a student at Philip Doddridge's academy at Northampton...

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A. B. Grosart

Reviser M. J. Mercer

Aldridge, William (1737–1797), Independent minister, was born at Warminster, in Wiltshire. He spent his youth in the pursuit of pleasure, but in his twenties he was affected by a passionate desire to be a preacher of the gospel. He joined the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion...

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Alexander, John (1686–1743), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was born on 30 September 1686 at Temple Patrick, co. Antrim, the son of John Alexander (d. 1712), and his wife, Mary Hamilton. His father was the fourth son of William Alexander, ...

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Allen, Thomas (1608–1673), clergyman and ejected minister, was born in Norwich, son of John Allen, a dyer there. He went to school in the city before being admitted to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, on 6 July 1624, aged fifteen. A scholar of the college from 1625 to 1629, he graduated BA in 1628 and proceeded MA in 1631. On 26 February 1634 he was appointed to the parish church of ...

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Allen, William (d. 1686), religious writer and controversialist, went to London about 1630. Nothing is known of his earlier life. In 1640 or 1641 he joined the church ministered to by John Goodwin, vicar of St Stephen, Coleman Street, London. He continued as a member when in 1645 it adopted congregational principles, and subsequently he became an elder. ...

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Ames, Joseph (1619–1695), naval officer, was born at Great Yarmouth on 5 March 1619, the son of John Ames (c.1577–1647). Bred to the sea, Ames appears to have played no part in the civil war but he shared the puritan sentiments strong in the town and on 18 February 1647 was admitted to the congregationalist church led by ...

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Ames, Joseph (bap. 1687, d. 1759), bibliographer and antiquary, was born of a seafaring family in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and baptized there on 20 June 1687. He was the son of John Ames (1651–1699?), master in the merchant service, and his wife, Esther (...

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Thompson Cooper

Reviser M. J. Mercer

Angus, John (1724–1801), Independent minister, was born on 24 July 1724 at Styford, near Hexham, Northumberland. In 1741 he entered Edinburgh University, where he remained for two years, before moving to London in 1743 to begin a course of ministerial training under John Eames...

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Armitage, Timothy (d. 1655), Independent minister, matriculated in Michaelmas term 1633 as a sizar from St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He graduated BA in 1637 and proceeded MA in 1640. From early November 1643 he acted as curate of St Michael Coslany, Norwich, Norfolk...

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Arnold, Benedict (1741–1801), army officer, was born on 14 January 1741 in the river town of Norwich, Connecticut, the elder of two surviving children of six born to Benedict Arnold (d. 1761), a cooper and merchant, and Hannah Waterman King, née Hannah Waterman (1706–1759)...

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Ashwood, Bartholomew (1622–1678), clergyman and ejected minister, was born in 1622 and baptized on 23 June of that year at Bickleigh, near Tiverton, Devon, the son of Bartholomew Ashwood (d. 1650×60), originally from Warwickshire, who for forty years was rector of Bickleigh...

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A. B. Grosart

Reviser Jim Benedict

Ashwood, John (1657–1706), Independent minister, the only son of Bartholomew Ashwood (1622–1678), was born in Axminster, Devon, where his father was vicar. His mother may have been Elizabeth (d. 1710), the wife who outlived Bartholomew. After a 'remarkable' conversion at the age of fourteen, he was admitted to his father's Independent church at ...

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Alexander Gordon

Reviser W. N. Terry

Ashworth, Caleb (d. 1775), dissenting minister and tutor, was born at Clough Fold, near Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire, one of three sons of Richard Ashworth (1667–1751), a Particular Baptist lay preacher. His date of birth is uncertain: in his funeral address in 1775 Samuel Palmer...

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A. B. Grosart

Reviser M. J. Mercer

Asty, John (1675–1730), Independent minister, the second son of Robert Asty (1642–1681), Independent minister at Norwich, and his wife, Lydia (d. 1697), eldest daughter of the Revd John Sammes of Coggeshall, Essex, was born at Norwich on 12 September 1675 and baptized at the ...

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Avery [née Parker], Elizabeth (fl. 1614–1653), prophetess, was the daughter of Robert Parker (c. 1564–1614) and his wife, Dorothy Stevens (d. 1649/50). She was one of three children; her sister, Sarah, was baptized on 15 April 1593 and her brother, Thomas Parker (1595–1677)...

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Bachiler [Batchiler, Bachilor], John (d. 1674), clergyman and ejected minister, of parents who are unknown, was admitted to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1632 as coming from Oxfordshire. He graduated BA in 1636 and proceeded MA in 1639. In 1642 he was appointed by the ...

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Bagshaw, Edward (1629/30–1671), Independent minister and religious controversialist, was born at Broughton, Northamptonshire, the son of Edward Bagshaw (d. 1662). After education at Westminster School, on 1 May 1646 he was elected to a studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he matriculated on 1 February 1647, aged seventeen. He graduated BA in 1649 and MA in 1651 (incorporated at ...

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Thompson Cooper

Reviser H. C. G. Matthew

Bailey, Thomas (1785–1856), newspaper editor and author, was born at Nottingham on 31 July 1785. His education was received partly in a day school in his native town, and partly in a boarding-school at Gilling, Yorkshire. Afterwards he was for some time engaged in his father's trade of silk hosier at ...

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J. K. Laughton

Reviser Michael Baumber

Ball, Andrew (d. 1653), naval officer, is believed to have been a native of Bristol, but of his family and early life there is no certain account. The first official mention of his name is in early 1648 when he replaced Thomas Bedell...

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Barker, Matthew (1619–1698), Independent minister, was born in Cransley, Northamptonshire, of unknown parents. He was groomed for the ministry from an early age and matriculated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1634, graduating BA in 1638 and proceeding MA in 1641. Upon leaving university ...