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Burgh, William (1741/2–1808), politician and theological writer  

W. P. Courtney

revised by M. J. Mercer

Burgh, William (1741/2–1808), politician and theological writer, was born in Ireland, the eldest son of Thomas Burgh, MP and landowner, of Bert, co. Kildare, and Anne, daughter of Dive Downes, bishop of Cork and Ross. His grandfather was Ulysses Burgh, bishop of Ardagh...

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Cotton, Henry (1790–1879), ecclesiastical historian  

B. H. Blacker

revised by Marie-Louise Legg

Cotton, Henry (1790–1879), ecclesiastical historian, was born in Buckinghamshire on 31 March 1790, a son of the Revd William Cotton, of Chicheley, Berkshire. In 1802 he went to Westminster School and in 1807 he entered Christ Church, Oxford, where he was awarded a first class in classics in 1810, and became Greek reader. He graduated BA in 1811 and proceeded MA in 1813. While at ...

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Littledale, Richard Frederick (1833–1890), Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist  

George Herring

Littledale, Richard Frederick (1833–1890), Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist, the fourth son of John Littledale, auctioneer of Dublin, was born there on 14 September 1833. On 15 October 1850 he entered Trinity College, Dublin, as a foundation scholar, graduated BA as a first class in classics, and in 1855 obtained the senior Berkeley gold medal and the first divinity prize. He proceeded at ...

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Lyte, Henry Francis (1793–1847), hymn writer  

Leon Litvack

Lyte, Henry Francis (1793–1847), hymn writer, was born on 1 June 1793 at The Cottage, Ednam, near Kelso, Roxburghshire, the second son of Captain Thomas Lyte (d. 1850) and Anna Maria Oliver, and a descendant of the botanist Henry Lyte and the genealogist ...

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Lyte, Henry Francis (1793–1847)  

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Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847) by George Henry Phillips (after John King, c. 1831) © Copyright The British Museum

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Maguire, Robert (1826–1890), religious controversialist  

G. C. Boase

revised by Timothy C. F. Stunt

Maguire, Robert (1826–1890), religious controversialist, was born in Dublin on 3 March 1826, the son of William Maguire of Dublin, inspector of taxes there. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated BA in 1847, MA in 1855, and BD and DD in 1877. In 1849 he was ordained to the curacy of ...

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M'Ghee, Robert James (1789–1872), Church of Ireland clergyman and anti-Catholic polemicist  

John Wolffe

M'Ghee, Robert James (1789–1872), Church of Ireland clergyman and anti-Catholic polemicist, was born in Ireland, probably in co. Carlow, about April 1789, the son of James M'Ghee, a clergyman. He was educated at Mr Pack's school and, from 1805 to 1810, at Trinity College, Dublin...

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Monsell, John Samuel Bewley (1811–1875), hymn writer  

D. J. O'Donoghue

revised by Leon Litvack

Monsell, John Samuel Bewley (1811–1875), hymn writer, was born at St Columb's, Londonderry, on 2 March 1811, the second of three sons of Thomas Bewley Monsell (d. 1846), archdeacon of Derry and precentor of Christ Church Cathedral, and his wife, Jane, née...

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Newcome, William (1729–1800), Church of Ireland archbishop of Armagh and theologian  

Alexander Gordon

revised by J. Falvey

Newcome, William (1729–1800), Church of Ireland archbishop of Armagh and theologian, was born at Abingdon, Berkshire, on 10 April 1729. He was the second son of Joseph Newcome, vicar of St Helen's, Abingdon, and rector of Barton in the Clay, Bedfordshire. He was educated at ...

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Nicholson, Ernest Wilson (1938–2013), Old Testament scholar  

Alister E. McGrath

Nicholson, Ernest Wilson (1938–2013), Old Testament scholar, was born on 26 September 1938 at 24 Deer Park, Portadown, co. Armagh, Northern Ireland, the younger son and youngest of three children of Ernest Tedford Nicholson, a farmer then working as a bread server in a bakery, and his wife, ...

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Palmer, William Patrick (1803–1885), Church of England clergyman and theologian  

Peter B. Nockles

Palmer, William Patrick (1803–1885), Church of England clergyman and theologian, was born in Dublin on 14 February 1803, only son of William Palmer (d. 1865), officer in the 53rd foot, of St Mary's, Dublin, and originally of Streamstown, co. Meath, and Invermore, co. Mayo...

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Robertson, William (1705–1783), theological writer and schoolmaster  

M. A. Stewart

Robertson, William (1705–1783), theological writer and schoolmaster, was born on 16 October 1705 in Dublin, the son of a Scottish-born linen manufacturer and his wife, Diana Allen, 'of a very reputable family in the Bishoprick of Durham' (Disney, 746). He did not start school until he was twelve because of poor health and weak eyesight. When ...

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Singleton, Robert Corbet (1810–1881), hymn writer  

D. J. O'Donoghue

revised by Leon Litvack

Singleton, Robert Corbet (1810–1881), hymn writer, was born on 9 October 1810, the second son of Francis Corbet of Aclare, co. Meath. His father added Singleton to his name in 1820. After attending a series of schools in Dublin, Robert entered Trinity College...

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Taylor, Jeremy (bap. 1613, d. 1667)  

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Jeremy Taylor (bap. 1613, d. 1667) by Pierre Lombart, pubd 1660 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Taylor, Jeremy (bap. 1613, d. 1667), Church of Ireland bishop of Down and Connor and religious writer  

John Spurr

Taylor, Jeremy (bap. 1613, d. 1667), Church of Ireland bishop of Down and Connor and religious writer, was born at Cambridge, where he was baptized at Trinity Church on 15 August 1613. He was the third son of Nathaniel Taylor, a barber, and ...

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Veal [Veel], Edward (1632/3–1708), clergyman, ejected minister, and nonconformist tutor  

Alexander Gordon

revised by Caroline L. Leachman

Veal [Veel], Edward (1632/3–1708), clergyman, ejected minister, and nonconformist tutor, is of uncertain origins. He is perhaps the son of the Lancashire gentleman Edward Veal of Laughton who was an elder of the seventh Lancashire classis in 1646. It has, however, also been suggested that he was probably born in ...

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Williams, Griffith (1587/8–1672), bishop of Ossory and controversialist  

Vivienne Larminie

Williams, Griffith (1587/8–1672), bishop of Ossory and controversialist, was born in the township of Treflan near Caernarfon into a well-established family of freeholders; according to Sir John Wynn, his mother's ancestors were from Penmynydd, Anglesey. After private education at Caernarfon, on 15 June 1604, aged sixteen, he matriculated from ...