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Baker, Shirley Waldemar (1836–1903), missionary and prime minister of Tonga  

Hugh Laracy

Baker, Shirley Waldemar (1836–1903), missionary and prime minister of Tonga, was born in Camden Town, London, on 14 January 1836, the son of George Baker (1810–1890), variously described as a music teacher, a minister, and a genealogist, of 10 Union Terrace, Camden Town...

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Calderwood, Henry (1808?–1865), missionary and government official  

Lionel Alexander Ritchie

Calderwood, Henry (1808?–1865), missionary and government official, was born in Peebles, the son of Henry Calderwood (1772/3?–1842), and his wife, Elizabeth née Mudie (1773/4?–1835), members of the Secession church. He was educated at Edinburgh University and entered the Divinity Hall of the ...

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Colenso, Harriette Emily (1847–1932), missionary and political activist  

B. M. Nicholls

Colenso, Harriette Emily (1847–1932), missionary and political activist, was born on 30 June 1847 at Tharston, Norfolk, the eldest daughter of John William Colenso (1814–1883), first bishop of Natal, and his wife, (Sarah) Frances Bunyon (1816–1893). She had two sisters and two brothers. Her sister ...

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Ekarte, George Daniel [known as Daniels Ekarte] (1896/7–1964), minister and community worker  

Marika Sherwood

Ekarte, George Daniel [known as Daniels Ekarte] (1896/7–1964), minister and community worker, was born in west Africa, possibly in the Calabar region of Nigeria. His early years were spent at mission stations run by Free Church of Scotland missionaries. Impressed by what he had heard of the glories of the ‘mother country’, he obtained a seaman's certificate (which named him simply ...

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Freeman, Thomas Birch (1809–1890)  

Maker: T. A. Dean

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Thomas Birch Freeman (1809–1890) by T. A. Dean (after Marshall Claxton) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Freeman, Thomas Birch (1809–1890), missionary and colonial official  

John Flint

Freeman, Thomas Birch (1809–1890), missionary and colonial official, was born on 6 December 1809 at Twyford, near Winchester, of an African father, Thomas Freeman, a farmer, and an English mother, Amy Birch. He adopted the name Freeman in youth, perhaps from his father who may have been a freed slave. Little is known of his upbringing except that it was in poverty, or of his education, save that he could write with elegance....

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Grubb, Sir Kenneth George (1900–1980), missionary and public servant  

Alan Booth

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Grubb, Sir Kenneth George (1900–1980), missionary and public servant, was born on 9 September 1900 in Oxton, Nottinghamshire, the youngest in the family of three sons and one daughter of the rector of the village, Harry Percy Grubb, and his wife, Margaret Adelaide Crichton-Stuart...

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Grubb, Sir Kenneth George (1900–1980)  

Maker: Elliott & Fry

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Sir Kenneth George Grubb (1900–1980) by Elliott & Fry, 1953 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gützlaff, Karl Friedrich August (1803–1851)  

Maker: Richard James Lane

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Karl Friedrich August Gützlaff (1803–1851) by Richard James Lane, 1835 (after George Chinnery, exh. RA 1835) [in the dress of a Fokien sailor] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gützlaff, Karl Friedrich August [Charles Gutzlaff] (1803–1851), missionary and civil servant  

R. G. Tiedemann

Gützlaff, Karl Friedrich August [Charles Gutzlaff] (1803–1851), missionary and civil servant, son of Johann Jakob Gützlaff (1767–1825), a tailor, and Maria Elisabeth Gützlaff, née Behneken (1767–1807), was born in Pyritz, province of Pomerania, Prussia, on 8 July 1803. Having attended Pyritz municipal school...

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Mayhew, Thomas (bap. 1593, d. 1682), colonial governor and missionary in America  

Daniel R. Mandell

Mayhew, Thomas (bap. 1593, d. 1682), colonial governor and missionary in America, was baptized on 1 April 1593 at St John the Baptist parish, Tisbury, Wiltshire, the son of Matthew Mayhew (d. 1612?), farmer, and Alice Barter. Thomas was apprenticed to a mercer in ...

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Newton, Frances Emily (1871–1955), Arab apologist and missionary  

Clare Brown

Newton, Frances Emily (1871–1955), Arab apologist and missionary, was born on 4 November 1871 at Mickleover Manor, near Derby, the daughter of Charles Edmund Newton, banker, and his second wife, Mary Henrietta Moore (d. 1893). She and her numerous sisters were educated by a governess and brought up on strict evangelical principles. From an early age she took an active part in her mother's charitable works in the village, and later organized a youth club for local boys....

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Pritchard, George (1796–1883)  

Maker: George Baxter

George Pritchard (1796–1883) by George Baxter, pubd 1845 unknown collection / Christie's; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pritchard, George (1796–1883), missionary and diplomatist  

Samuel Timmins

revised by Jane Samson

Pritchard, George (1796–1883), missionary and diplomatist, was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, on 1 August 1796, the son of George Pritchard, a journeyman brass-founder, and his wife, Martha Bradford (d. 1843). He worked from childhood with his father, and showed great mechanical skill. In his youth he and his family attended the Congregational chapel in ...

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Read, James (1777–1852), missionary in Cape Colony and political activist  

Elizabeth Elbourne

Read, James (1777–1852), missionary in Cape Colony and political activist, was born on 3 December 1777, in Abridge, Essex, the son of Joseph and Susannah Read. A carpenter of little education, by early manhood he was a member of the Hackney church of the Anglican evangelical ...