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Annet, Peter (1693–1769), religious controversialist  

James A. Herrick

Annet, Peter (1693–1769), religious controversialist, was born in Liverpool but nothing further is known about his background and early life. He worked for a time as a schoolmaster and developed a widely used system of shorthand that received some recognition. Joseph Priestley learned it at school and corresponded with ...

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Barker, Joseph (1806–1875)  

Maker: John Cochran

Joseph Barker (1806–1875) by John Cochran, pubd 1880 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barker, Joseph (1806–1875), Methodist minister and politico-religious controversialist  

Eileen Groth Lyon

Barker, Joseph (1806–1875), Methodist minister and politico-religious controversialist, was born on 11 May 1806 at Bramley, near Leeds. His ancestors, originally of Keighley, had been settled in this area for several generations as farmers and manufacturers. The identity of his parents has not been discovered, though it is known that his father was employed in woollen manufacture and served for some time in the militia, and that ...

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Dodwell, Henry (1706–1784), religious controversialist and barrister  

James A. Herrick

Dodwell, Henry (1706–1784), religious controversialist and barrister, was born on 25 November 1706 at Shottesbrooke, Berkshire, the fourth child and eldest son of Henry Dodwell (1641–1711), classical scholar and theologian, and Anne Elliot (d. 1750). Educated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, whence he matriculated on 17 April 1723, he proceeded BA on 9 February 1726 and went on to study law. He entered the ...

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Hickeringill, Edmund (bap. 1631, d. 1708)  

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Edmund Hickeringill (bap. 1631, d. 1708) by Joseph Nutting, pubd 1707 (after James Jull) © Copyright The British Museum

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Hickeringill, Edmund (bap. 1631, d. 1708), Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist  

J. L. C. McNulty

Hickeringill, Edmund (bap. 1631, d. 1708), Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist, was born in Aberford (near Leeds) where he was baptized on 19 September 1631. His father, Edmund Hickhorngill, the subject of a public proclamation in 1638 for absenting himself from church, was a recusant and the favoured servant of the papist ...

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Reade, William Winwood (1838–1875), traveller, novelist, and controversialist  

Felix Driver

Reade, William Winwood (1838–1875), traveller, novelist, and controversialist, the eldest son of William Barrington Reade (1803–1881) and Elizabeth Reade (1810–1895) (daughter of Captain John Murray RN), of Ipsden House, Oxfordshire, was born at St Finan, near Crieff, Perthshire, on 26 December 1838. He was educated at ...

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Taylor, Robert (1784–1844), deist  

Alexander Gordon

revised by K. D. Reynolds

Taylor, Robert (1784–1844), deist, the sixth son of John Taylor (d. 1791), ironmonger, and his wife and cousin, née Elizabeth Jasper, was born at Walnut Tree House, Edmonton, Middlesex, on 18 August 1784. Following his father's death, he was placed in the guardianship of his uncle, ...

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Tindal, Matthew (bap. 1657, d. 1733), freethinker and religious controversialist  

B. W. Young

Tindal, Matthew (bap. 1657, d. 1733), freethinker and religious controversialist, was baptized on 12 May 1657 at Bere Ferrers, Devon, the son of John Tindal, who was the minister there, and his wife, Anne Halse. He was taught by his father before entering ...