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Beadon, Frederick (1777–1879), Church of England clergyman and centenarian, third son of the Revd Edward Beadon, rector of North Stoneham, Hampshire, was born in London on 6 December 1777. He was educated at Charterhouse School and at Trinity College, Oxford. He took orders in 1801, and was shortly afterwards presented by his uncle, ...

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Cardale, John Bate (1802–1877), first apostle of the Catholic Apostolic church, was born at 28 Lamb's Conduit Street, Holborn, London, on 7 November 1802, the eldest of five children. His father, William Cardale, a solicitor and Worcestershire landowner, was born on 17 July 1777 and died at ...

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Cooke, Thomas (1722–1783), Church of England clergyman and eccentric, born in Hexham, Northumberland, on 23 October 1722, was the son of John Cooke, a shoemaker at Hexham. He received his education as king's scholar at Durham School, and afterwards entered Queen's College, Oxford...

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Garbrand, John (1541/2–1589), Church of England clergyman and literary executor, was the third surviving son of Garbrand Harkes [later Herks Garbrand] (fl. 1539–1590), bookseller, who fled from religious persecution in the Netherlands and settled in Oxford. On 3 April 1539 the state authorities recorded that ...

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Greswold, Edward (bap. 1594?, d. 1633), religious recluse, was probably baptized on 5 August 1594 at Tanworth, Warwickshire. He was the son of Thomas Greswold (d. 1598/9), landowner, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1645), daughter and heir of Benedict Shuckburgh of ...

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Henley, John [known as Orator Henley] (1692–1756), dissenting minister and eccentric, was born on 3 August 1692, probably at St Mary's vicarage, Melton Mowbray, coming from a line of eminently respectable clerical forebears. His father, the Revd Simon Henley (1665–1731), vicar of ...

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Alfred Hyman Louis (1829–1915) by Histed © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Louis, Alfred Hyman (1829–1915), scholar and visionary vagrant, was born in 1829 in Birmingham, the eldest son of Hyman Tobias (or Tobar) Louis, a well-to-do merchant, and his wife, Maria. At fifteen he entered King Edward's School, Birmingham, where he began long friendships with ...

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Morice, Ralph (fl. 1522–1570), principal secretary to Thomas Cranmer, was a younger son of James Morice (d. 1557) of Roydon, Essex, clerk of works to Lady Margaret Beaufort, and his wife, the daughter and heir of a man named Buckbeard. James's eldest son, ...

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Railton, David (1884–1955), Church of England clergyman and originator of the idea of the tomb of the unknown warrior, was born on 13 November 1884 at 48 Altham Road, Hackney, London, the son of George Scott Railton (bap. 1849, d. 1913), ...

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See Ramsey, (Arthur) Michael, Baron Ramsey of Canterbury

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Seward, William (1711–1740), promoter of Methodism and friend of George Whitefield, was born into a family of independent landed means at Badsey, a hamlet near Evesham, Worcestershire. Of his brothers, Thomas became a clergyman of the Church of England, and was in Genoa...

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Summers, (Augustus) Montague [name in religion Alphonsus Joseph-Mary] (1880–1948), literary scholar, occultist, and eccentric, was born in Pembroke Lodge, Clifton, near Bristol, on 10 April 1880, the youngest of the seven children of Augustus William Summers, a wealthy banker, and his wife, ...

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Georgina Cowper- Temple, Lady Mount-Temple (1821?–1901) by Robert Thorburn The Collection of Pictures, Helmingham Hall. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Temple, Georgina Cowper- [née Georgina Tollemache], Lady Mount-Temple (1821?–1901), religious enthusiast, was born on 8 October, probably in 1821 in Ireland, the ninth daughter and twelfth child of Admiral Richard Delap Halliday (1772–1837), who in 1821 assumed the name and arms of ...

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Tollemache, Ralph William Lyonel Tollemache- (1826–1895), Church of England clergyman and bestower of eccentric names, was born on 19 October 1826, the eldest son of the Hon. and Revd Hugh Francis Tollemache (1802–1890), rector of Harrington, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Matilda, the daughter of ...

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Wentworth, Jane [Anne] [called the Maid of Ipswich] (c. 1503–1572?), visionary, was a daughter of Sir Roger Wentworth of Gosfield, Essex, and came of a prominent East Anglian gentry family. Her remarkable story is recorded in a contemporary narrative by Robert, Lord Curzon...

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Withers, William (bap. 1568, d. 1647), child prophet and Church of England clergyman, was baptized in the Suffolk town of Walsham-le-Willows on 4 April 1568, the second son of eight children of William Withers (d. 1617), a relatively prosperous yeoman whose ancestors had been tenant farmers of the manor of ...