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Ames, William (1576–1633), theologian and university teacher  

Keith L. Sprunger

Ames, William (1576–1633), theologian and university teacher, was born at Ipswich, the son of William Ames, merchant, and his wife, Joane Snelling, also from a Suffolk merchant family. Both of these families were substantial folk. William had one sister, Elizabeth. When the two were quite young, the parents died, and ...

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Anstice, Joseph (1808–1836), classical scholar and hymn writer  

Alexander Gordon

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Anstice, Joseph (1808–1836), classical scholar and hymn writer, the second son of William Anstice (1769/70–1850) and his wife, Penelope Polly Isbell (bap. 1772, d. 1857), daughter of John Poole of Over Stowey, Somerset, was born on 21 December 1808 at ...

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Arnold, Thomas Kerchever (bap. 1800, d. 1853), educational writer and theologian  

Sidney Lee

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Arnold, Thomas Kerchever (bap. 1800, d. 1853), educational writer and theologian, was born at Stamford, Lincolnshire, where he was baptized on 6 March 1800, the son of Thomas Graham Arnold (1769/70–1855), a doctor of medicine, and his wife, Elizabeth Cotton Thompson (1771–1861...

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Arrowsmith, John (1602–1659), college head and theologian  

John Twigg

Arrowsmith, John (1602–1659), college head and theologian, was born on 29 March 1602 in Gateshead; nothing is known of his parents or early life. He entered St John's College, Cambridge, in 1616 and graduated BA in 1620. He proceeded MA in 1623, and in the same year became a fellow of ...

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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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Bale, John (1495–1563), bishop of Ossory, evangelical polemicist, and historian  

John N. King

Bale, John (1495–1563), bishop of Ossory, evangelical polemicist, and historian, was born to parents of humble means at the village of Cove, near Dunwich in Suffolk, on 21 November 1495. In his Illustrium maioris Britanniae Bale names his parents as Henry and Margaret...

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Baro [Baron], Peter (1534–1599), Reformed minister and religious controversialist  

C. S. Knighton

Baro [Baron], Peter (1534–1599), Reformed minister and religious controversialist, was born at Étampes (Seine-et-Oise), France, the son of Étienne Baron and his wife, Philippe Petit; in his autobiographical notes Peter says he was one of many children, first mentioning brothers Jean...

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Barton, William (1597/8–1678), translator and hymnologist  

A. B. Grosart

revised by D. K. Money

Barton, William (1597/8–1678), translator and hymnologist, matriculated as a sizar at Trinity College, Cambridge, in Lent 1619; he graduated BA in 1622 and proceeded MA in 1625. He was ordained priest on 21 September 1623. He is probably to be identified with the ...

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Baylee, Joseph (1807–1883), theological teacher and writer  

Thompson Cooper

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Baylee, Joseph (1807–1883), theological teacher and writer, was born on 23 July 1807, at Limerick, the fifth son of John Tyrrell Baylee (1778–1848), a Quaker schoolmaster, and his wife, Jane (1778–1858), granddaughter of Lord Dunboyne and widow of Henry Bennis...

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Bennett, Gareth Vaughan (1929–1987), ecclesiastical historian  

Mark D. Chapman

Bennett, Gareth Vaughan (1929–1987), ecclesiastical historian, was born on 8 November 1929 at 19 Valkyrie Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, the only child of Roy Charles Frederick Bennett, a London shipping clerk, and his wife, Kathleen Beryl Vaughan (d. 1981). A lonely child, he was educated at private schools in ...

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Bensly, Robert Lubbock (1831–1893), Hebrew, Syriac, and biblical scholar  

Cecil Bendall

revised by Roger T. Stearn

Bensly, Robert Lubbock (1831–1893), Hebrew, Syriac, and biblical scholar, born at Eaton, near Norwich, Norfolk, on 24 August 1831, was the second son of Robert Bensly of Eaton, and his wife, Harriet Reeve. Educated in Eaton at a private school (where he began the study of Hebrew), and ...

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Benson, Margaret (1865–1916), Egyptologist and religious philosopher  

Jessica Martin

Benson, Margaret (1865–1916), Egyptologist and religious philosopher, was born on 16 June 1865 at Wellington College, Berkshire, the fourth of the six children of Edward White Benson (1829–1896), archbishop of Canterbury (1882–96), and his wife, Mary (1841–1918), daughter of the Revd William Sidgwick...

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Best, Paul (1590–1657), scholar and religious writer  

Stephen D. Snobelen

Best, Paul (1590–1657), scholar and religious writer, was born in 1590 (before 12 August) probably at Hutton Cranswick, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, the first of the six children of James Best (d. 1617), yeoman farmer, and his first wife, Dorothy (...

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Biddle, John (1615/16–1662), schoolmaster and religious controversialist  

Stephen D. Snobelen

Biddle, John (1615/16–1662), schoolmaster and religious controversialist, was baptized on 14 January 1616 at Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire, the first of two sons of Edward Biddle (d. 1625), tailor, and his wife, Jane Hopkins.

Biddle's scholarly prowess was recognized from an early age, and his education at the free grammar school of ...

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Bigg, Charles (1840–1908), schoolmaster and ecclesiastical historian  

Martin D. W. Jones

Bigg, Charles (1840–1908), schoolmaster and ecclesiastical historian, was born on 12 September 1840 at Higher Broughton, near Manchester, the second son of Thomas Bigg (1796–1843), a Manchester merchant, and his wife, Sarah Elden (1802–1879). He was educated at Manchester grammar school...

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Bingham, Joseph (bap. 1668, d. 1723), ecclesiastical historian  

Stuart Handley

Bingham, Joseph (bap. 1668, d. 1723), ecclesiastical historian, was baptized on 28 September 1668 at All Saints', Wakefield, Yorkshire, the son of Francis Bingham (b. 1625, d. in or after 1680), of Wakefield, a nonconformist, who had originally been apprenticed as a cutler. He was educated at ...

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Bishop, Edmund (1846–1917), liturgical scholar and ecclesiastical historian  

R. J. Schoeck

Bishop, Edmund (1846–1917), liturgical scholar and ecclesiastical historian, was born at Bridgetown, in Berry Pomeroy, near Totnes, Devon, on 17 May 1846, the youngest child of Michael Bishop (1802–1851), an innkeeper, and his wife, Susanna Quick (1804–1863). He had his early schooling in the grammar school at ...

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Blunt, John Henry (1823–1884), ecclesiastical historian and theological writer  

T. F. Tout

revised by H. C. G. Matthew

Blunt, John Henry (1823–1884), ecclesiastical historian and theological writer, was born on 25 August 1823 at Chelsea, where he was baptized at St Luke’s on 14 September 1823, the son of Robert Blunt (1792–1870), chemist, of Prospect Place, Chelsea, and his wife, ...

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Bois, John (1561–1644), biblical translator  

David Norton

Bois, John (1561–1644), biblical translator, was born on 3 January 1561 at Nettlestead, Suffolk, the only child to live to adulthood of William Bois (1513?–1591), rector of West Stow, Suffolk, and his wife, Mirabel, née Pooley (c.1513–c.1601). William Bois...