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Allen, William (d. 1686), religious writer and controversialist  

N. H. Keeble

Allen, William (d. 1686), religious writer and controversialist, went to London about 1630. Nothing is known of his earlier life. In 1640 or 1641 he joined the church ministered to by John Goodwin, vicar of St Stephen, Coleman Street, London. He continued as a member when in 1645 it adopted congregational principles, and subsequently he became an elder. ...

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Birks, Thomas Rawson (1810–1883), Church of England clergyman and theologian  

Stephen Gregory

Birks, Thomas Rawson (1810–1883), Church of England clergyman and theologian, was born on 28 September 1810 at Staveley, Derbyshire, the younger son of Thomas Birks (1763/4–1837), a tenant farmer of the duke of Devonshire, and his wife, Sarah Fletcher (1769/70–1836...

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Bulteel, Henry Bellenden (1800–1866), religious controversialist and seceder from the Church of England  

Timothy C. F. Stunt

Bulteel, Henry Bellenden (1800–1866), religious controversialist and seceder from the Church of England, was born on 14 September 1800 at Bellevue, Turnchapel, Plymstock, the fourth of the ten children of Thomas Hillersdon Bulteel (1766–1815) of Bellevue, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Christopher Harris...

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Burnham, Richard (bap. 1749, d. 1810), Particular Baptist minister and hymnodist  

J. H. Thorpe

revised by Ken R. Manley

Burnham, Richard (bap. 1749, d. 1810), Particular Baptist minister and hymnodist, son of William and Ann Burnham, was baptized at the parish church, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, on 22 April 1749. Burnham later embraced Baptist views and joined the Particular Baptist church at Reading...

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Coppin, Richard (fl. c. 1645–1659), nonconformist preacher and writer  

Nigel Smith

Coppin, Richard (fl. c. 1645–1659), nonconformist preacher and writer, about whom little is known except what he recounts in Truths Testimony (1655), was probably from Kent, and grew up to be an unexceptional pious believer within the established church. He was probably a student at ...

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Denne, Henry (1605/6?–1666), General Baptist minister and religious controversialist  

T. L. Underwood

Denne, Henry (1605/6?–1666), General Baptist minister and religious controversialist, was born at Well, Ickham, in Kent, the son of David Denne, gentleman. He matriculated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, in 1621, graduated BA in 1625, and proceeded MA in 1628. At an unknown date he married ...

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Elwall, Edward (bap. 1676, d. 1744), Seventh Day Baptist and religious controversialist  

David L. Wykes

Elwall, Edward (bap. 1676, d. 1744), Seventh Day Baptist and religious controversialist, was baptized on 9 November 1676 at Ettingshall in the parish of Sedgley, Staffordshire, the son of Thomas Elwall, yeoman and ironmonger, and his wife, Elizabeth Gibbins. He claimed his family had been settled in the neighbourhood of ...

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Fawcett, John (1740–1817), Particular Baptist minister and theological writer  

John A. Hargreaves

Fawcett, John (1740–1817), Particular Baptist minister and theological writer, was born on 6 January 1740 at Lidget Green, near Bradford, the son of Stephen Fawcett (c.1702–c.1751), who died of a fever in his fiftieth year, leaving a widow and a numerous family. ...

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

Maker: Joseph Nutting

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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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Hicks, William (bap. 1621, d. 1660), religious writer  

John S. Macauley

Hicks, William (bap. 1621, d. 1660), religious writer, was baptized at Kerris in the parish of Paul, Cornwall, on 2 January 1621, the son of Nicholas Hicks, gentleman. He was educated partly at grammar school in Exeter, Devon, and partly at Liskeard, Cornwall...

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Scott, Daniel (1694–1759), theological writer and lexicographer  

Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Scott, Daniel (1694–1759), theological writer and lexicographer, was born on 21 March 1694, the son of Daniel Scott, a London merchant, and his second wife, and the half-brother of Thomas Scott (d. 1746), Independent minister at Norwich, whose children included Joseph Nicol Scott...

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Veil, Charles Marie de (1630–1685x91), religious convert and biblical commentator  

Stephen Wright

Veil, Charles Marie de (1630–1685x91), religious convert and biblical commentator, was born in the Jewish quarter of Metz, then an imperial city, but from 1648 part of France, the grandson of Jaquetiel David (d. 1679) and son of David Weil (d...

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Whiston, William (1667–1752), natural philosopher and theologian  

Stephen D. Snobelen

Whiston, William (1667–1752), natural philosopher and theologian, was born on 9 December 1667 at the rectory, Norton-juxta-Twycross, Leicestershire, the fourth of the nine children of Josiah Whiston (1622–1685), rector at Norton, and his wife, Katherine (1639–1701), daughter of Gabriel Rosse, the previous incumbent at ...

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Whiston, William (1667–1752)  

Maker: Sarah Hoadly

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William Whiston (1667–1752) after Sarah Hoadly, c. 1720 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wise, George (1855–1917), religious controversialist  

Martin Wellings

Wise, George (1855–1917), religious controversialist, was born on 4 November 1855 at 25 Bermondsey New Road, London, the fourth son of William Wise (d. 1871), an illiterate tanner, and Sophia Wise (d. 1891), née Slade, niece of John Pounds (1766–1839), accredited founder of the ragged school movement. After a brief formal education, either in ...

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Writer, Clement (d. 1659x62), religious controversialist  

Bryan W. Ball

Writer, Clement (d. 1659x62), religious controversialist, was one of three known surviving children of unidentified parents. Given his prolonged association with Worcestershire it is possible that he descended from the county. He claimed to have received little formal education, and never married. He first appears in 1627 in conjunction with ...

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Wyon, Olive (1881–1966), translator and theologian  

Sybil Oldfield

Wyon, Olive (1881–1966), translator and theologian, was born on 7 March 1881 at 53 Maitland Park Road, Kentish Town, London, the eldest of the two sons and three daughters of Allan Wyon [see under Wyon family] and his wife, Harriet Gairdner...