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Mayer, Matthew (1740–1814), Methodist preacher and promoter of the Sunday school movement  

Henry D. Rack

Mayer, Matthew (1740–1814), Methodist preacher and promoter of the Sunday school movement, was born on 4 November 1740 at Portwood Hall estate, near Stockport, Cheshire, the son of John Mayer, yeoman farmer (d. 1775), and his wife, Hannah. Educated at a good country school, ...


Mimpriss, Robert (1797–1875), Sunday school worker  

E. G. Hawke

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Mimpriss, Robert (1797–1875), Sunday school worker, was born at Deptford, Kent, on 14 January 1797, into a devout home of Welsh origin. His father was an official in Deptford Dockyard, and had nine sons, of whom Robert and Thomas, afterwards a surgeon, alone survived infancy. After education at a ...


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Raikes, Robert (1736–1811)  

Maker: George Romney


Robert Raikes (1736–1811) by George Romney, 1784–8 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Raikes, Robert (1736–1811), promoter of Sunday schools  

Anita McConnell

Raikes, Robert (1736–1811), promoter of Sunday schools, was born at Gloucester on 14 September 1736 and baptized on 24 September. He was the eldest of six sons, followed by one daughter, of Robert Raikes (bap. 1690, d. 1757), printer, and his third wife, ...


Webster, John (1611–1682), schoolmaster and polemicist  

Antonio Clericuzio

Webster, John (1611–1682), schoolmaster and polemicist, was born on 3 February 1611 at Thornton on the Hill in the parish of Coxwold, Yorkshire, the son of Edward Webster. Claims that he was a student at Cambridge appear to be without foundation. In the early 1630s he studied chemistry under the Hungarian ...