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Anderson, George Wishart (1913–2002), biblical scholar and Methodist minister  

J. A. Emerton

Anderson, George Wishart (1913–2002), biblical scholar and Methodist minister, was born on 25 January 1913 at 35 Elliot Street, Arbroath, the elder child of George Anderson (1879–1957), a cabinet-maker, and his wife, Margaret Gordon, née Wishart (1880–1964). His parents were both Scottish. He was educated at ...

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Atmore, Charles (1759–1826), Methodist minister  

John A. Vickers

Atmore, Charles (1759–1826), Methodist minister, was born at Heacham, Norfolk, on 17 August 1759, the son of a ship's captain at King's Lynn. His mother died when he was eighteen months and he was brought up by an uncle and aunt and educated at the village school. At the age of fourteen he accompanied his father on a voyage to ...

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Barrett, (Charles) Kingsley (1917–2011), Methodist minister and New Testament scholar  

Morna D. Hooker

Barrett, (Charles) Kingsley (1917–2011), Methodist minister and New Testament scholar, was born on 4 May 1917 at 59 Howard Street, Salford, the son of Fred Barrett (1880–1957), United Methodist minister, and his wife, Clara, née Seed (1879–1941), who had been a Methodist deaconess. He attended ...

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Bennet, John (1715–1759), Methodist preacher and Independent minister  

Henry D. Rack

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Bennet, John (1715–1759), Methodist preacher and Independent minister, was born on 1 March 1715 in Whitehough, near Chinley, Derbyshire, the younger son of William Bennet (c.1677–1766), farmer, and his wife, Ann (d. 1752). Raised as a presbyterian, he was educated at a school in ...

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Brackenbury, Robert Carr (1752–1818), Methodist preacher  

William Leary

Brackenbury, Robert Carr (1752–1818), Methodist preacher, was born at Panton House in Lincolnshire and baptized on 28 April 1752, the first child of Carr Brackenbury and Isabella, daughter of William Booth of Ashby Puerorum. He was educated at Felsted School and, from 20 May 1769, at ...

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Bradburn, Samuel (1751–1816), Methodist minister  

Henry D. Rack

Bradburn, Samuel (1751–1816), Methodist minister, was born in Gibraltar on 5 October 1751, the youngest son of the thirteen children of Isaac Bradburn (1719–1794), a gardener turned army private, and his wife, a Mrs Bold (1722–1775), the daughter of Samuel Jones, a Wrexham...

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Bradford, Robert John (1941–1981), Methodist minister and politician  

A. C. Hepburn

Bradford, Robert John (1941–1981), Methodist minister and politician, was born in Roe Valley District Hospital, Limavady, co. Londonderry, on 8 June 1941, the seventh child of George Bradford, a labourer and later a milkman, and his wife, Lily, née Wright. His parents, who were wartime evacuees from ...

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Bramwell, William (1759–1818), Methodist preacher  

Henry D. Rack

Bramwell, William (1759–1818), Methodist preacher, was born in Elswick, Lancashire, in February 1759, the tenth of eleven children of George Bramwell, a farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth, devout Anglicans. After a village education William was apprenticed to a Liverpool merchant in 1775, then to a ...

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Cayley, Cornelius (1727–1779), Methodist preacher and writer  

J. H. Thorpe

revised by Adam Jacob Levin

Cayley, Cornelius (1727–1779), Methodist preacher and writer, was born in Brompton, Yorkshire, on 23 April 1727, the son of Simeon and Elizabeth Cayley. He was educated at a public school for about four years and, when nineteen, he became a clerk in the ...

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Cayley, Cornelius (1727–1779)  

Maker: Isaac Taylor

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Cornelius Cayley (1727–1779) by Isaac Taylor, pubd 1778 (after J. J. Swanfelder, 1778) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cennick, John (1718–1755), lay preacher and Moravian minister  

Peter J. Lineham

Cennick, John (1718–1755), lay preacher and Moravian minister, was born in Reading on 12 December 1718, the son of a clothier who was of Quaker descent. Brought up in the established church, he experienced an evangelical conversion on 6 September 1737 in his parish church in ...

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Cennick, John (1718–1755)  

Maker: Philip Dawe

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John Cennick (1718–1755) by Philip Dawe, pubd 1785 (after A. L. Brandt) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chunchie, Kamal Athon (1886–1953), Methodist minister and race relations worker  

Rozina Visram

Chunchie, Kamal Athon (1886–1953), Methodist minister and race relations worker, was born on 4 June 1886 in Kandy, Ceylon, the eldest of nine children (five sons and four daughters) of Muslim parents of Malay origin. His father, Athon Chunchie (1849/50–1928), of the Inche Che...

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Coke, Thomas (1747–1814), Church of England clergyman and founder of Methodist missions  

John A. Vickers

Coke, Thomas (1747–1814), Church of England clergyman and founder of Methodist missions, was born at Brecon on 28 September 1747, the third but only surviving son of Bartholomew Coke (1701/2–1773) and Ann(e) Phillips (1712/13–1783), and was baptized on 5 October at St Mary's Church, Brecon...

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Thomas Coke (1747–1814) by Henry Edridge, 1799 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Coughlan, Laurence (d. 1784), founder of Methodism in Newfoundland  

Patrick O'Flaherty

Coughlan, Laurence (d. 1784), founder of Methodism in Newfoundland, was born in Ireland. His parentage is unknown. By birth a Roman Catholic, he converted to Methodism at Drummersnave, Leitrim, in 1753, and was soon afterwards recruited as an itinerant preacher, serving initially in ...

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Cutler, Ann (1759–1794), hand-loom weaver and Methodist evangelist  

Henry D. Rack

Cutler, Ann (1759–1794), hand-loom weaver and Methodist evangelist, was born in Thornley, near Longridge, in the parish of Chipping, Lancashire; nothing is known of her parents. After living a strict, moral life she was converted in 1785 by the revivalist Wesleyan William Bramwell...

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Davies, Rupert Eric (1909–1994), Methodist minister and scholar  

John A. Newton

Davies, Rupert Eric (1909–1994), Methodist minister and scholar, was born on 29 November 1909 at 261 Goldhawk Road, Hammersmith, London, the second of the three children of Walter Pierce Davies, solicitor and sometime mayor of Hammersmith, and his wife, Eliza Miriam, née Emmett...

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Farrar, Dorothy Hincksman (1899–1987), Methodist deaconess and preacher  

John A. Hargreaves

Farrar, Dorothy Hincksman (1899–1987), Methodist deaconess and preacher, was born on 18 April 1899 at 9 Heath Avenue, Halifax, the elder daughter of Joseph Farrar (1848–1932), textile machinery manufacturer, and his wife, Louisa Frances (1870–1942), daughter of William Henry Hincksman, cotton spinner, of ...

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Fletcher, Mary (1739–1815)  

Maker: Jonathan Spilsbury

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Mary Fletcher (1739–1815) by Jonathan Spilsbury, pubd 1812 © National Portrait Gallery, London