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Allies, Thomas William (1813–1903), theologian and Roman Catholic convert  

W. B. Owen

revised by G. Martin Murphy

Allies, Thomas William (1813–1903), theologian and Roman Catholic convert, born at Midsomer Norton, Somerset, on 12 February 1813, was the son of Thomas Allies, curate of Henbury, Bristol, and later rector of Wormington, and his wife, Frances Elizabeth Fripp, daughter of a Bristol...

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Barnard, John [known as John Augustine Bernard] (b. 1660/61, d. in or after 1713), Roman Catholic convert and author  

A. J. Hegarty

Barnard, John [known as John Augustine Bernard] (b. 1660/61, d. in or after 1713), Roman Catholic convert and author, was the son of John Barnard (d. 1683), rector of Waddington, Lincolnshire, and his wife, Lettice, daughter of Peter Heylyn. Having matriculated from ...

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Bellasis, Edward (1800–1873), serjeant-at-law and Roman Catholic convert  

H. C. G. Matthew

Bellasis, Edward (1800–1873), serjeant-at-law and Roman Catholic convert, was born at his father's vicarage at Basildon, Berkshire, on 14 October 1800, the only son of the Revd George Bellasis of Queen's College, Oxford, rector of Yattendon and vicar of Basilden (or Basildon) and ...

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Best [Beste], Henry Digby (1768–1836), Roman Catholic convert and author  

Rosemary Mitchell

Best [Beste], Henry Digby (1768–1836), Roman Catholic convert and author, was born in Lincoln on 21 October 1768, the son of Henry Best (1730–1782), prebendary of Lincoln from 1762. His mother, Magdalen (d. 1797), the daughter of Kenelm Digby of North Luffenham...

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Carier, Benjamin (bap. 1565, d. 1614), Church of England clergyman and Roman Catholic convert  

Antony Charles Ryan

Carier, Benjamin (bap. 1565, d. 1614), Church of England clergyman and Roman Catholic convert, was baptized on 6 January 1565 at Boughton Monchelsea, Kent, the third child and eldest son of the four sons and five daughters of Anthony Carier (d. 1580)...

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Carpenter, Richard (1604/5–1670?), Roman Catholic priest and apostate author  

William E. Burns

Carpenter, Richard (1604/5–1670?), Roman Catholic priest and apostate, was the son of William Carpenter (d. 1611) of Denshanger, Passenham, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Anne, daughter of Thomas Piggot of Doddershall, Quainton, Buckinghamshire. Born at Doddershall, he had one brother and two sisters. ...

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Carpenter, Richard (1604/5–1670?)  

Maker: William Marshall

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Richard Carpenter (1604/55–?1670) by William Marshall, 1641 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Connelly, Pierce (1804–1883), apostate Episcopal priest and anti-Catholic pamphleteer  

D. G. Paz

Connelly, Pierce (1804–1883), apostate Episcopal priest and anti-Catholic pamphleteer, was born on 9 August 1804 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the eldest of four sons of Henry Connelly, a cabinet-maker, and his second wife, Elizabeth Pierce. He married Cornelia Peacock [see Connelly, Cornelia (1809-1879)...

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Copley [alias Luttrell], John (c. 1577–1662), protestant convert and Church of England clergyman  

Elizabeth Allen

Copley [alias Luttrell], John (c. 1577–1662), protestant convert and Church of England clergyman, was born at Louvain in the Spanish Netherlands, the fourth and youngest surviving son of Thomas Copley (1532–1584) of Gatton, Surrey, and Roughay, Sussex, a coheir of Lord Hoo and Hastings...

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Deane, Thomas (1651–1735), Roman Catholic convert  

Thompson Cooper

revised by Ruth Jordan

Deane, Thomas (1651–1735), Roman Catholic convert, was the son of Edward Deane of Malden, Kent. He matriculated from University College, Oxford, on 19 October 1669, the same day as his friend and future colleague Nathaniel Boyse, and subscribed the articles and took the oath of supremacy in the following month, when he was probably admitted a servitor. He graduated BA in 1673 and MA in 1676. He became a tutor in the college, of which he was elected fellow on 4 December 1684, and Greek lecturer. He '...

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Everard, John (b. 1586/7?), Roman Catholic convert and author  

Vivienne Larminie

Everard, John (b. 1586/7?), Roman Catholic convert and author, presented himself in 1610 at the English College, Rome, giving a somewhat confusing account of his life thus far. He was two months short of either his twenty-third or his twenty-fourth birthday, and had been born a younger son at ...

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Giberne, Maria Rosina (1802–1885), artist and convert to Roman Catholicism  

Joyce Sugg

Giberne, Maria Rosina (1802–1885), artist and convert to Roman Catholicism, was born on 13 August 1802 at Clapton, London, the seventh child of Mark Giberne (d. 1846), a wine merchant, and his wife, Rebecca Sharp (d. 1847). Her father came from French stock: the Huguenot ...

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Gladstone, Helen Jane (1814–1880)  

Maker: P. Slater

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Helen Jane Gladstone (1814–1880) by P. Slater, 1850 private collection; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gladstone, Helen Jane (1814–1880), Roman Catholic convert  

H. C. G. Matthew

Gladstone, Helen Jane (1814–1880), Roman Catholic convert, was born on 28 June 1814 at 62 Rodney Street, Liverpool. She was the second daughter, and youngest of the six children, of Sir John Gladstone, first baronet (1764–1851), and his second wife, Anne, née Robertson (1771/2–1835)...

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Gordon, John [known as John Clement Gordon] (1644–1726), Scottish Episcopal bishop of Galloway and Roman Catholic convert  

Thompson Cooper

revised by Edward Corp

Gordon, John [known as John Clement Gordon] (1644–1726), Scottish Episcopal bishop of Galloway and Roman Catholic convert, was the son of John Gordon of Coldwells, in the parish of Ellon, Aberdeenshire. He was educated in England, becoming a chaplain to the navy, and was a royal chaplain '...

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Gunter [née Cresswell], Mary (1586–1622), convert to protestantism  

Retha M. Warnicke

Gunter [née Cresswell], Mary (1586–1622), convert to protestantism, was the daughter of Thomas Cresswell, gentleman, and a kinswoman of Sir Christopher Blount, third husband of Lettice Dudley, dowager countess of Leicester and Essex. Her parents having died in her infancy Mary was raised by an elderly Catholic lady. After her guardian's death, when ...

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Haigh, Daniel Henry (1819–1879), Roman Catholic convert and antiquary  

C. W. Sutton

revised by Leo Gooch

Haigh, Daniel Henry (1819–1879), Roman Catholic convert and antiquary, was the son of George Haigh, a calico printer. He was born at Brinscall Hall, Wheelton, near Chorley, Lancashire, on 7 August 1819. Before the age of seventeen he lost both his parents and became head of the family, as the eldest of three brothers who had inherited a large fortune. He spent some time in business at ...

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Hales, Sir Edward, third baronet and Jacobite first earl of Tenterden (1645–1695), courtier and Roman Catholic convert  

Paul Hopkins

Hales, Sir Edward, third baronet and Jacobite first earl of Tenterden (1645–1695), courtier and Roman Catholic convert, was born on 28 September 1645, the eldest son (of four) of Sir Edward Hales, second baronet (1626–1683/4), of Tunstall Place, Kent, and his wife, Anne (...

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Herbert, (Mary) Elizabeth, Lady Herbert of Lea (1822–1911), Roman Catholic convert and philanthropist  

Valerie Bonham

Herbert, (Mary) Elizabeth, Lady Herbert of Lea (1822–1911), Roman Catholic convert and philanthropist, was born on 21 July 1822, the only daughter of General Charles Ashe À Court Repington (1785–1861), sometime MP for Heytesbury, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Gibbs (d. 1878)...

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Herbert, (Mary) Elizabeth, Lady Herbert of Lea (1822–1911)  

Maker: Richard James Lane

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(Mary) Elizabeth Herbert, Lady Herbert of Lea (1822–1911) by Richard James Lane, 1850 (after James Rannie Swinton, 1850) © National Portrait Gallery, London