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Besse, Joseph (1683–1757), historian of Quakerism  

David J. Hall

Besse, Joseph (1683–1757), historian of Quakerism, was born at Billericay, Essex, the son of Joseph Besse. In 1716 he married Hannah Dehorne (d. in or before 1757), daughter of George Dehorne of Colchester; they had six children. Besse worked as a schoolmaster in ...

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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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Docwra [née Waldegrave], Anne (c. 1624–1710), religious writer  

Michael Mullett

Docwra [née Waldegrave], Anne (c. 1624–1710), religious writer, was the eldest daughter of Sir William Waldegrave of Bures, Suffolk, of a leading gentry family and a justice under Charles I. When she was about fifteen her father stimulated what became her considerable study of the law by directing her to read the statutes of the realm, since women '...

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Furly, Benjamin (1636–1714), merchant and religious writer  

Richard L. Greaves

Furly, Benjamin (1636–1714), merchant and religious writer, was born on 13 April 1636 at Colchester, Essex, the fifth son of a linen draper, John Furly (c.1590–1673), later alderman and mayor of Colchester, and his wife, Ann. He was admitted to Colchester School...

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Hickeringill, Edmund (bap. 1631, d. 1708)  

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Edmund Hickeringill (bap. 1631, d. 1708) by Joseph Nutting, pubd 1707 (after James Jull) © Copyright The British Museum

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Hickeringill, Edmund (bap. 1631, d. 1708), Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist  

J. L. C. McNulty

Hickeringill, Edmund (bap. 1631, d. 1708), Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist, was born in Aberford (near Leeds) where he was baptized on 19 September 1631. His father, Edmund Hickhorngill, the subject of a public proclamation in 1638 for absenting himself from church, was a recusant and the favoured servant of the papist ...

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Newton, Benjamin Wills (1807–1899), leader of the Plymouth Brethren and religious writer  

Timothy C. F. Stunt

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Newton, Benjamin Wills (1807–1899), leader of the Plymouth Brethren and religious writer, was born at Plymouth Dock on 12 December 1807, the only child of Quaker parents, Benjamin Newton, a draper of Plymouth Dock, who died eleven days before the birth of his son, and his widow, ...

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Penington, Isaac (1616–1679), Quaker and writer  

Richard L. Greaves

Penington, Isaac (1616–1679), Quaker and writer, was born in London, the eldest son of Isaac Penington (c. 1584–1661), alderman, and his first wife, Abigail (b. 1588), daughter of the London merchant John Allen. He was admitted to the Inner Temple in November 1634 and called to the bar on 3 November 1639. In the meantime he matriculated from ...

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Penington [née Proude], Mary [other married name Mary Springett, Lady Springett] (bap. 1623, d. 1682), Quaker and writer  

Marie H. Loughlin

Penington [née Proude], Mary [other married name Mary Springett, Lady Springett] (bap. 1623, d. 1682), Quaker and writer, was born at Goodnestone Court, near Faversham, Kent, and baptized on 13 December 1623 at Canterbury Cathedral. She was the only child and heir of ...

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Stephen, Caroline Emelia [Milly] (1834–1909), religious writer  

Margaret M. Jensen

Stephen, Caroline Emelia [Milly] (1834–1909), religious writer, was born on 8 December 1834 at Kensington Gore, later 42 Hyde Park Gate, London, the youngest child and only surviving daughter of Sir James Stephen (1789–1859), permanent under-secretary for the colonies, and Jane Catherine Venn (1793–1875)...

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Tomlinson, William (fl. 1650–1696), religious writer  

Richard L. Greaves

Tomlinson, William (fl. 1650–1696), religious writer, was probably from the North Riding of Yorkshire, and may have been the person of this name who matriculated as a sizar at Trinity College, Cambridge, in Michaelmas term 1632 and graduated BA in 1637. According to ...