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Blomfild [Blomefield], William (fl. 1529–1574), alchemist and priest, was born in Bury St Edmunds. He was a Benedictine monk and priest at Bury in his youth. In 1529 he was questioned at London regarding certain protestant tenets (which he abjured) although he seems later in life to have gravitated towards Calvinism. In 1543, at which time he was living in ...

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Booth [alias Barlow], Edward (1638–1719), Roman Catholic priest and clockmaker, was the son of Richard Booth (d. 1673), a Catholic, of Woolston-cum-Poulton, near Warrington, Lancashire, and was baptized on 15 December 1639, his godfather being Edward Ambrose Barlow OSB (bap. 1585, d. 1641)...

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Callan, Nicholas Joseph (1799–1864), Roman Catholic priest and physicist, was born on 20 December 1799 at Darver in the parish of Dromiskin, co. Louth, Ireland, into a well-to-do Roman Catholic family, the fifth child and third son of Donnchadh Beag or Wee Denis Callan (...

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Knowles, Gilbert (1667–1734), Roman Catholic priest and botanist, was born in Hampshire, professed at St Gregory's, Douai, France, and was ordained priest in 1700. He was sent to the Benedictine northern province in 1705, and stationed at Newburgh, Yorkshire, in 1710–19. In that year he was transferred to ...

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Lily, George (d. 1559), Roman Catholic ecclesiastic and cosmographer, was born in London, the eldest son of William Lily (1468?–1522/3) and his wife, Agnes. Probably privately educated by his father, a scholar and teacher, Lily may have become a commoner of Magdalen College, Oxford...

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Line [alias Hall], Francis (1595–1675), Roman Catholic priest and natural philosopher, was born in London or Buckinghamshire, probably to a recusant family. It is not known where he received his boyhood education; he was already a young man when he arrived at the college of the English Jesuits at ...

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Maudith [Mauduith], John (d. in or after 1343), ecclesiastic and astronomer, went to Oxford from the Worcester diocese and by 1309 had become a fellow of Merton College, where he remained until 1319 [see Merton calculators]. In that year he was admitted rector of ...

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Needham, John Turberville (1713–1781), Roman Catholic priest and natural scientist, was born in Middlesex on 10 September 1713, the eldest son of John Needham (d. 1730?) of Hilston, near St Maughan's in Monmouthshire, who practised as a barrister in London, and his wife, ...

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Temple, George Frederick James (1901–1992), mathematician and Roman Catholic priest, was born on 2 September 1901 at 134 Wornington Road, North Kensington, London, the only son of James Temple (d. in or before 1917), railway inspector for the Great Western Railway, and his wife, ...

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Woods, Julian Edmund Tenison (1832–1889), Roman Catholic priest and scientist, was born on 15 November 1832 at Milbank Cottage, West Street, Southwark, the sixth son of James Dominick Woods, barrister and journalist, and Henrietta Maria Saint-Eloy, second daughter of the Revd Joseph Tenison...