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Constable, Henry (1562–1613), polemicist and poet  

Ceri Sullivan

Constable, Henry (1562–1613), polemicist and poet, was born in Newark-on-Trent, the only child of Sir Robert Constable (d. 1591) and Christiana, daughter of John Dabridgecourt of Langdon Hall, Warwickshire, and widow of Anthony Forster. His family was distinguished: his grandfather Robert Constable...

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Crewdson [née Fox], Jane (1808–1863), poet and hymn writer  

C. W. Sutton

revised by Clare Cotugno

Crewdson [née Fox], Jane (1808–1863), poet and hymn writer, was born at Perran-ar-worthal, Cornwall, on 22 October 1808, the second of three daughters of George Fox, manager of a local iron foundry; his cousin was the scientific writer Charles Fox (1797–1878). In 1825 the family moved to ...

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Dixon, Richard Watson (1833–1900)  

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Richard Watson Dixon (1833–1900) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dixon, Richard Watson (1833–1900), ecclesiastical historian and poet  

James Sambrook

Dixon, Richard Watson (1833–1900), ecclesiastical historian and poet, was born on 5 May 1833 at Islington, London, the eldest of the six surviving children of James Dixon (1788–1871) and his third wife, Mary Watson (d. 1856), the only daughter of Richard Watson (1781–1833)...

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Elton, Sir Charles Abraham, sixth baronet (1778–1853), poet and theologian  

R. K. Webb

Elton, Sir Charles Abraham, sixth baronet (1778–1853), poet and theologian, was born in Bristol on 31 October 1778, the eldest of three sons of the Revd Sir Abraham Elton (1755–1842), fifth baronet and heir to a large Bristol mercantile fortune, and his first wife, ...

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Havergal, Frances Ridley [pseuds. Sabrina, Zoide] (1836–1879)  

Maker: Elliott and Fry

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Frances Havergal (1836–1879), by Elliot & Fry, c. 1875

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Havergal, Frances Ridley [pseuds. Sabrina, Zoide] (1836–1879), poet and hymn writer  

Ronald Bayne

revised by Rosemary Scott

Havergal, Frances Ridley [pseuds. Sabrina, Zoide] (1836–1879), poet and hymn writer, the youngest of the six children of William Henry Havergal (1793–1870), Church of England clergyman and composer, and his first wife, Jane Head (d. 1848), was born on 14 December 1836 at her father's rectory at ...

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Hodson, William (fl. 1617–1640), poet and religious writer  

Nicholas W. S. Cranfield

Hodson, William (fl. 1617–1640), poet and religious writer, was born in London, the son of John Hodson (d. 1628), citizen. He followed his lawyer brother John up to Peterhouse, Cambridge, as a pensioner, matriculating a decade after his elder sibling on 3 May 1617. He graduated BA in 1621 and MA in 1624. Thereafter he seems to have lived at ...

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Lever, Christopher (fl. 1598–1627), religious writer and poet  

Vivienne Larminie

Lever, Christopher (fl. 1598–1627), religious writer and poet, was possibly a kinsman of the brothers Thomas Lever (1521–1577) and Ralph Lever (c. 1530–1585), successively masters of Sherburn Hospital, co. Durham, in whose firm protestant tradition he stood. Probably a king's scholar at Durham School...

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Mawer, John (1702/3–1763), poet and biblical translator  

C. E. A. Cheesman

Mawer, John (1702/3–1763), poet and biblical translator, was the younger son of John Mawer (b. 1668, d. in or after 1729) of Upleatham, Cleveland, and his wife, Elizabeth Hart (d. in or after 1729). After schooling nearby at Kirkleatham he proceeded in 1721 to ...

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Milton, John (1608–1674)  

Maker: William Faithorne the elder

John Milton (1608–1674) by William Faithorne the elder, 1670 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Milton, John (1608–1674), poet and polemicist  

Gordon Campbell

Milton, John (1608–1674), poet and polemicist, was born at 6.30 a.m. on Friday 9 December 1608 in the house at the sign of the Spread Eagle, Bread Street, London, and baptized in nearby All Hallows Church on 20 December, the third child of ...

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More, Henry (1614–1687), philosopher, poet, and theologian  

Sarah Hutton

More, Henry (1614–1687), philosopher, poet, and theologian, was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, on 12 October 1614, the youngest of the seven sons of Alexander More, sometime alderman and mayor (1617) of Grantham, and his wife, Anne (née Lacy). He attended Grantham grammar school...

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More, Henry (1614–1687)  

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Henry More (1614–1687) by William Faithorne the elder, pubd 1675 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Nicholson, Samuel (fl. 1597?–1602), poet and divine  

Elizabeth Goldring

Nicholson, Samuel (fl. 1597?–1602), poet and divine, was most likely the Samuel Nicholson of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, who graduated BA in 1597–8. He took orders, and described himself on the title-page of his 1602 devotional treatise, Gods New-Yeeres Gift Sent unto England...

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Peters [née Bowly], Mary (1813–1856), hymn writer  

W. B. Lowther

revised by Rosemary Mitchell

Peters [née Bowly], Mary (1813–1856), hymn writer, was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, on 17 April 1813, the daughter of Richard Bowly and his wife, Mary. According to the Dictionary of National Biography and John Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology, while very young she married ...

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Williams, Isaac (1802–1865)  

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Isaac Williams (1802–1865) by William Harold Cubley, c. 1859 The President and Fellows of Trinity College, Oxford

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Williams, Isaac (1802–1865), poet and theologian  

S. A. Skinner

Williams, Isaac (1802–1865), poet and theologian, was born on 19 December 1802 and baptized on 27 December 1802 at Cwmcynfelyn, an estate overlooking the village of Llangorwen, near Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, the third son, among four sons and one daughter, of Isaac Lloyd Williams (1771–1846)...