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Abbot, Robert (fl. c. 1589–1652), Church of England clergyman and religious writer  

Jacqueline Eales

Abbot, Robert (fl. c. 1589–1652), Church of England clergyman and religious writer, was most probably the Robert Abbot who graduated BA from Peterhouse, Cambridge, in 1605 and was incorporated MA at Oxford on 14 July 1607. Nothing is known of his family background and early life, but in 1639 he wrote '...

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Adams, Thomas (1631/2–1670), ejected minister and writer on Christian doctrine  

Caroline L. Leachman

Adams, Thomas (1631/2–1670), ejected minister and writer on Christian doctrine, was born at Woodchurch parsonage, Cheshire, one of at least three sons of Charles Adams and his wife, Isabel Bennet 'the daughter of a worthy gentleman'—Thomas Bennet, from the same parish (...

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Alleine, Joseph (bap. 1634, d. 1668), ejected minister and devotional writer  

Brian W. Kirk

Alleine, Joseph (bap. 1634, d. 1668), ejected minister and devotional writer, was born in a house next to the Poultry Market, Devizes, Wiltshire, and baptized on 8 April 1634, at St John's Church, there, the fourth child of Tobias Alleine (d. 1667)...

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Allen, Robert (fl. 1582–1612), Church of England clergyman and religious writer  

Richard L. Greaves

Allen, Robert (fl. 1582–1612), Church of England clergyman and religious writer, was probably the Robert Alen who matriculated as a sizar at Pembroke College, Cambridge, at Easter 1582 and graduated BA in 1585–6 and MA in 1589. In the epistle dedicatory to The Doctrine of the Gospel...

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Allen, William (d. 1686), religious writer and controversialist  

N. H. Keeble

Allen, William (d. 1686), religious writer and controversialist, went to London about 1630. Nothing is known of his earlier life. In 1640 or 1641 he joined the church ministered to by John Goodwin, vicar of St Stephen, Coleman Street, London. He continued as a member when in 1645 it adopted congregational principles, and subsequently he became an elder. ...

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Allenson, John (d. 1619), Church of England clergyman and literary editor  

Roger N. McDermott

Allenson, John (d. 1619), Church of England clergyman and literary editor, was born in Durham. He matriculated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1576, and the same year moved to St John's College as an Ashton scholar. He graduated BA in 1580, was ordained deacon at ...

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Allix, Peter [Pierre] (1641–1717), Church of England clergyman and religious writer  

Vivienne Larminie

Allix, Peter [Pierre] (1641–1717), Church of England clergyman and religious writer, was the son of Pierre Allix, pastor of the Reformed church at Alençon in Normandy. After education at the protestant academy at Saumur, where in 1664 he participated in a disputation published as ...

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Anderdon, John Lavicount (1792–1874), writer on angling and devotional subjects  

W. P. Courtney

revised by Wray Vamplew

Anderdon, John Lavicount (1792–1874), writer on angling and devotional subjects, was born in Bristol on 5 April 1792, the third son of John Proctor Anderdon (1760–1846), and his first wife, Anne, née Oliver. After some time at the Ealing preparatory school of ...

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Anderson, Sir (James) Norman Dalrymple (1908–1994), missionary, jurist, and writer on religion  

Todd M. Thompson

Anderson, Sir (James) Norman Dalrymple (1908–1994), missionary, jurist, and writer on religion, was born on 29 September 1908 at Aldeburgh, Suffolk, the second son and last of the four children of William Dalrymple Anderson (d. 1946), grain merchant, and his wife, Lilian Maud, ...

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Aungell [Angell, Angel], John (d. 1568), Church of England clergyman and religious author  

Henry Summerson

Aungell [Angell, Angel], John (d. 1568), Church of England clergyman and religious author, is of unknown origins, and details of his early career are difficult to establish due to the existence of namesakes. It seems likely, however, that he was the man of that name recorded as tenth minor canon of ...

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Aylesbury, Thomas (bap. 1597, d. 1660/61), Church of England clergyman and religious writer  

Colin Alsbury

Aylesbury, Thomas (bap. 1597, d. 1660/61), Church of England clergyman and religious writer, was baptized at St Martin's, Birmingham, on 17 July 1597, the eldest of eight children of William Aylesbury (d. in or after 1641) and his wife, Dorothy Walton (...

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Baker, David Bristow (1802–1852), religious writer  

A. H. Bullen

revised by Sarah Brolly

Baker, David Bristow (1802–1852), religious writer, was born in Newington, Surrey, and baptized at St Mary at Lambeth on 2 November 1802, the second son of David Bristow Baker (bap. 1770, d. 1815), a merchant in Blackfriars, and his wife, Catherine ...

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Baker, Sir Richard (c. 1568–1645), religious writer and historian  

G. H. Martin

Baker, Sir Richard (c. 1568–1645), religious writer and historian, was born at Sissinghurst, Kent, the elder son of John Baker (b. in or before 1531, d. 1604×6), MP in 1554–5 and lawyer, and Catherine, daughter of Reginald Scott, of Scots Hall, Ashford, Kent...

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Ball, John (1585–1640), Church of England clergyman and religious writer  

John Sutton

Ball, John (1585–1640), Church of England clergyman and religious writer, was born at Cassington, Oxfordshire, in early October 1585, the son of William Ball and his wife, Agnes Mabet. Although in humble circumstances, his parents sent him to a private school in the neighbouring village of ...

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Bancroft, George (d. 1573?), religious writer and Church of England clergyman  

Henry Summerson

Bancroft, George (d. 1573?), religious writer and Church of England clergyman, is first recorded in 1544, when he was presented by Giles Gore, esquire, to the Wiltshire rectory of Grittleton. On 14 October 1547, still incumbent of Grittleton and now also chaplain to ...

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Barber, Margaret Fairless [pseud. Michael Fairless] (1869–1901), religious writer  

Adrian Room

Barber, Margaret Fairless [pseud. Michael Fairless] (1869–1901), religious writer, was born on 7 May 1869 at Castle Hill House, Rastrick, West Riding of Yorkshire, the youngest of three daughters of Fairless Barber (1835–1881), solicitor and archaeologist, and his wife, Maria Louisa, née...

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Barret, John (1631–1713), Presbyterian minister and religious writer  

Kenneth G. C. Newport

Barret, John (1631–1713), Presbyterian minister and religious writer, was admitted to Clare College, Cambridge, on 20 June 1646 and graduated BA in 1650. He was ordained at Wymeswold, Leicestershire, by the Wirksworth classis on 19 October 1652. Admitted as rector of St Peter's Church, Nottingham...

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Barry, Edward (1759–1822), religious and medical writer  

Richard Sharp

Barry, Edward (1759–1822), religious and medical writer, son of a physician of Bristol, was educated at Bristol School under Mr Lee, and studied medicine at St Andrews University, where he graduated MD. Preferring theology to medicine, he took orders in the Church of England...

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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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Bate, James (1703–1775), Church of England clergyman and writer on religion  

A. B. Grosart

revised by J. S. Chamberlain

Bate, James (1703–1775), Church of England clergyman and writer on religion, was born at Boughton Malherbe in Kent, the eldest of the seven sons of the Revd Richard Bate (d. 1737), vicar of Chilham and rector of Wareham, and his wife, Elizabeth Stanhope (...