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Babington, Gervase (1549/50–1610), theologian and bishop of Worcester  

John S. Macauley

Babington, Gervase (1549/50–1610), theologian and bishop of Worcester, was born in Nottinghamshire, as Sir John Harington noted, 'by birth … a gentleman of a verie good house' (Harington, 129). Claims that he was a native of Devon, made by ...

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Babington, Gervase (1549/50–1610)  

Maker: Renold Elstrack

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Gervase Babington (1549/5050–1610) by Renold Elstrack, pubd 1615 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bale, John (1495–1563), bishop of Ossory, evangelical polemicist, and historian  

John N. King

Bale, John (1495–1563), bishop of Ossory, evangelical polemicist, and historian, was born to parents of humble means at the village of Cove, near Dunwich in Suffolk, on 21 November 1495. In his Illustrium maioris Britanniae Bale names his parents as Henry and Margaret...

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Barry, (Frank) Russell (1890–1976), bishop of Southwell and popular writer on religion  

Matthew Grimley

Barry, (Frank) Russell (1890–1976), bishop of Southwell and popular writer on religion, was born at Ellerslie, Maidstone Road, Rochester, Kent, on 28 January 1890, the elder son of the Revd George Duncan Barry (1864–1945), curate of St Peter's, Rochester, and later of St Mark's, Surbiton...

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Bayly, Lewis (c. 1575–1631), bishop of Bangor and devotional writer  

J. Gwynfor Jones and Vivienne Larminie

Bayly, Lewis (c. 1575–1631), bishop of Bangor and devotional writer, was probably born in Carmarthen, according to his own later statement; his parents are unknown but Thomas Bayly, curate of Carmarthen at that date, may have been his father. Apart from the fact that he acquired significant learning in the ...

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Blackall, Ofspring (bap. 1655, d. 1716)  

Maker: George Vertue

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Ofspring Blackall (bap. 1655, d. 1716) by George Vertue, 1722 (after Michael Dahl, c. 1715) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blackall, Ofspring (bap. 1655, d. 1716), bishop of Exeter and religious controversialist  

Andrew Starkie

Blackall, Ofspring (bap. 1655, d. 1716), bishop of Exeter and religious controversialist, was born in London and baptized on 26 April 1655 at St Gregory by Paul's, the son of Thomas Blackall (bap. 1621, d. 1688), freeman of the Haberdashers' Company and later alderman of the ...

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Cooper, Thomas (c. 1517–1594), theologian and bishop of Winchester  

Margaret Bowker

Cooper, Thomas (c. 1517–1594), theologian and bishop of Winchester, was born in Catte Street, Oxford, to poor parents; his father is said to have been a tailor.

Cooper rose from being a menial servant at Magdalen College, Oxford, to admission to the college school as a chorister in 1530–31, when he was over twelve. Nothing is known of his childhood except that it was hard and he was diligent. Taught grammar by ...

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Coverdale, Miles (1488–1569), Bible translator and bishop of Exeter  

David Daniell

Coverdale, Miles (1488–1569), Bible translator and bishop of Exeter, was born, according to Bale, in Yorkshire (patria Eboracensis). No details are known of his parentage or early education. According to Tanner he was ordained priest in Norwich by John Underwood, bishop of ...

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Davies, Richard (c. 1505–1581), bishop of St David's and biblical translator  

Glanmor Williams

Davies, Richard (c. 1505–1581), bishop of St David's and biblical translator, was born at Plas y Person, Gyffin, Caernarvonshire, the son of Dafydd ap Gronw, curate of Gyffin in the diocese of Bangor, and his ‘wife’, Sioned, daughter of Dafydd ap Richard; such clerical marriages were common in ...

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Ferne, Henry (1602–1662), bishop of Chester and controversialist  

Brian Quintrell

Ferne, Henry (1602–1662), bishop of Chester and controversialist, was probably born at York, the eighth and youngest surviving son of Sir John Ferne (d. 1609) of Temple Belwood in the parish of Belton within the Isle of Axholme, Lincolnshire, and Elizabeth, daughter of ...

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Frere, Walter Howard (1863–1938), bishop of Truro and liturgical scholar  

H. Benedict Green

Frere, Walter Howard (1863–1938), bishop of Truro and liturgical scholar, was born on 23 November 1863 at 56 Regent Street, Cambridge, the third (and younger surviving) son (two daughters followed) of Philip Howard Frere (1813–1868), fellow of Downing College, and his wife, Emily Gipps (...

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Gastrell, Francis (1662–1725)  

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Francis Gastrell (1662–1725) by George Vertue, 1728 (after Michael Dahl, c. 1720) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gastrell, Francis (1662–1725), bishop of Chester and writer on theology  

Stephen W. Baskerville

Gastrell, Francis (1662–1725), bishop of Chester and writer on theology, was born at Slapton, Northamptonshire, on 10 May 1662, the second son of Henry Gastrell, gentleman, and Elizabeth Bagshaw, his wife. Following attendance at Westminster School (1677–80), where he came under the tutelage of ...

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Grove, Robert (c. 1634–1696), bishop of Chichester and religious controversialist  

J. S. Chamberlain

Grove, Robert (c. 1634–1696), bishop of Chichester and religious controversialist, was born in London, the son of William Grove of Morden, Dorset. He may well be the Robert, son of William Grove, baptized in St Giles Cripplegate on 29 September 1634. He attended ...

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Grove, Robert (c. 1634–1696)  

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Robert Grove (c. 1634–1696) by unknown artist by permission of the Master and Fellows of St John's College, Cambridge

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Gunning, Peter (1614–1684), bishop of Ely and theologian  

Kenneth W. Stevenson

Gunning, Peter (1614–1684), bishop of Ely and theologian, was born at the vicarage, Hoo, Kent, on 11 January 1614 and baptized at Lower Hoo church five days later, the son of Peter Gunning, the vicar there, and his wife, Ellen. His uncle Richard Gunning...

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Gunning, Peter (1614–1684)  

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Peter Gunning (1614–1684) by unknown artist, c. 1675–80 by permission of the Master and Fellows of St John's College, Cambridge

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Hall, Joseph (1574–1656), bishop of Norwich, religious writer, and satirist  

Richard A. McCabe

Hall, Joseph (1574–1656), bishop of Norwich, religious writer, and satirist, was born on 1 July 1574 at Bristow Park, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, the son of John Hall (d. 1608) and his wife, Winifred Bambridge. In Observations of some Specialities of Divine Providence in the Life of Joseph Hall...

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Hall, Joseph (1574–1656)  

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Joseph Hall (1574–1656) by John Payne, 1628 © National Portrait Gallery, London