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Bowdler, John (1746–1823), Church of England layman and religious writer  

Peter B. Nockles

Bowdler, John (1746–1823), Church of England layman and religious writer, was born at Bath, Somerset, on 18 March 1746, the eldest son of Thomas Bowdler (bap. 1719, d. 1785) and Elizabeth Stuart Bowdler, née Cotton (d. 1797), religious writer. He was given a strict Anglican religious upbringing by his mother, and at the age of eight was sent to the school kept by ...

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Downes, Theophilus (1657/8–1726), nonjuror and author  

Christoph v. Ehrenstein

Downes, Theophilus (1657/8–1726), nonjuror and author, was born at Purslow, Shropshire, between March 1657 and March 1658, the son of John and Knightley Downes. He became a commoner of Balliol College, Oxford, in March 1673, graduating BA on 17 October 1676 and MA on 10 July 1679. He was elected a fellow of ...

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Law, William (1686–1761), devotional writer and nonjuror  

Isabel Rivers

Law, William (1686–1761), devotional writer and nonjuror, was born in the village of King's Cliffe, Northamptonshire, near Stamford, Lincolnshire, and baptized on 3 February 1687 in the parish church, All Saints'. He was the fifth among the eleven children of Thomas Law (...

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Mimpriss, Robert (1797–1875), Sunday school worker  

E. G. Hawke

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Mimpriss, Robert (1797–1875), Sunday school worker, was born at Deptford, Kent, on 14 January 1797, into a devout home of Welsh origin. His father was an official in Deptford Dockyard, and had nine sons, of whom Robert and Thomas, afterwards a surgeon, alone survived infancy. After education at a ...

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Parker, Samuel (1681–1730), nonjuror and theological writer  

Richard Sharp

Parker, Samuel (1681–1730), nonjuror and theological writer, second son of Samuel Parker (1640–1688), later bishop of Oxford, was born at Chartham in Kent, where his father was rector. He matriculated on 6 June 1694 at Trinity College, Oxford. Sympathizing with the nonjurors from an early age, he took no degree, but lived on quietly in ...

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Raikes, Robert (1736–1811)  

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Robert Raikes (1736–1811) by George Romney, 1784–8 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Raikes, Robert (1736–1811), promoter of Sunday schools  

Anita McConnell

Raikes, Robert (1736–1811), promoter of Sunday schools, was born at Gloucester on 14 September 1736 and baptized on 24 September. He was the eldest of six sons, followed by one daughter, of Robert Raikes (bap. 1690, d. 1757), printer, and his third wife, ...

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Sheldon, Richard (1570?–1651?), Church of England convert and polemicist  

Elizabeth Allen

Sheldon, Richard (1570?–1651?), Church of England convert and polemicist, was born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, and was raised a Roman Catholic. He became a student at the English College for training secular priests at Rheims, France, in January 1589, and was sent on to the ...

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Evelyn Maud Bosworth Underhill (1875–1941) by Powys Evans © Estate of Powys Evans; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Underhill [married name Stuart Moore], Evelyn Maud Bosworth (1875–1941), religious writer and spiritual director  

Dana Greene

Underhill [married name Stuart Moore], Evelyn Maud Bosworth (1875–1941), religious writer and spiritual director, was born on 6 December 1875 at Graisley Hill, 183 Penn Road, Wolverhampton, the only child of Sir Arthur Underhill (1850–1939), barrister and a bencher of Lincoln's Inn...