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Ackroyd, Peter Runham (1917–2005), Old Testament scholar  

Ronald E. Clements

Ackroyd, Peter Runham (1917–2005), Old Testament scholar, was born on 15 September 1917 at 66 Stone Hill Road, Derby, the son of Jabez Robert Ackroyd, Congregational minister, and his wife, Winifred, née Brown. When the family moved to Harrow, Middlesex, he attended the county boys' school. He matriculated from ...

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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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Bagshaw, Edward (1629/30–1671), Independent minister and religious controversialist  

N. H. Keeble

Bagshaw, Edward (1629/30–1671), Independent minister and religious controversialist, was born at Broughton, Northamptonshire, the son of Edward Bagshaw (d. 1662). After education at Westminster School, on 1 May 1646 he was elected to a studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he matriculated on 1 February 1647, aged seventeen. He graduated BA in 1649 and MA in 1651 (incorporated at ...

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Burton, Henry (bap. 1578, d. 1647/8), Independent minister and religious controversialist  

Kenneth Gibson

Burton, Henry (bap. 1578, d. 1647/8), Independent minister and religious controversialist, was born at Birdsall in the East Riding of Yorkshire, and baptized on 9 October 1578, the son of William Burton and Mary (née Holme). He matriculated as sizar of St John's College, Cambridge...

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Burton, Henry (bap. 1578, d. 1647/8)  

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Henry Burton (bap. 1578, d. 16478) by Wenceslaus Hollar © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Eaton, Samuel (d. 1665), Independent minister and religious controversialist  

S. J. Guscott

Eaton, Samuel (d. 1665), Independent minister and religious controversialist, was probably the third son of Richard Eaton (1563/4–1616/17), vicar of Great Budworth, Cheshire, and his wife, Elizabeth; Theophilus Eaton (1590–1658) and Nathaniel Eaton (bap. c. 1610, d. 1674) were his brothers. He was educated locally and subsequently entered ...

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Ellis, John (d. 1681), Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist  

E. C. Vernon

Ellis, John (d. 1681), Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist, was born in Yorkshire, the son of John Ellis (d. 1643?). He matriculated as a pensioner at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, in 1630. He graduated BA in 1634 and was elected to the fellowship of the college, proceeding MA in 1638. ...

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Evans, James Harington (1785–1849), religious controversialist  

Grayson Carter

Evans, James Harington (1785–1849), religious controversialist, was born at Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 15 April 1785, the only child of Dr James E. Evans (d. 1825), priest-vicar of Salisbury Cathedral and master of the cathedral grammar school, and his wife, Sarah Evans (...

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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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Kinns, Samuel (1826–1903), Christian apologist  

R. S. Simpson

Kinns, Samuel (1826–1903), Christian apologist, was born in Colchester, the son of J. O. Kinns, of Great Totham, Essex, a Congregationalist minister. He was educated at Colchester grammar school and then privately.

In 1856 Kinns founded a boys' school, The College, Highbury New Park...

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Mayne, Zachary (1631–1694), religious writer  

Bertha Porter

revised by H. J. McLachlan

Mayne, Zachary (1631–1694), religious writer, son of Richard Maine, was born at Exeter and baptized at St Petrock's Church there on 1 January 1632. He entered Christ Church, Oxford, on 15 October 1649, but by favour of the parliamentary visitors was soon made a demy of ...

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Momerie [formerly Mummery], Alfred Williams (1848–1900), theologian  

E. I. Carlyle

revised by H. C. G. Matthew

Momerie [formerly Mummery], Alfred Williams (1848–1900), theologian, born in Ratcliffe, London, on 22 March 1848, was the only child of Isaac Vale Mummery (1812–1892), a well-known Congregational minister of Ratcliffe, London, and his wife, a daughter of Thomas George Williams of Hackney...

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Alfred Williams Momerie (1848–1900) by Barraud, pubd 1891 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Parr, Susanna (fl. 1650–1659), religious writer  

Karen O'Dell Bullock

Parr, Susanna (fl. 1650–1659), religious writer, is of unknown parents and background. Nothing is known of her early life, but by 1654 she had married a Mr Parr. What is known of Susanna is chronicled in six or more pamphlets documenting religious disputes in ...

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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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Perronet, Edward (1721–1792), Independent minister and hymn writer  

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Peter, David (1765–1837), Independent minister and ecclesiastical historian  

Mari A. Williams

Peter, David (1765–1837), Independent minister and ecclesiastical historian, was born at Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire, on 5 August 1765, the son of David and Margaret Peter. When he was seven years old his father, who was a ship's carpenter, moved to New Quay, Cardiganshire. He received his early education at the school of ...

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Rawlinson, Alfred Edward John [Jack] (1884–1960), bishop of Derby and theologian  

Mark D. Chapman

Rawlinson, Alfred Edward John [Jack] (1884–1960), bishop of Derby and theologian, was born at Park Road, Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, on 17 July 1884, the first son of Alfred John Rawlinson (b. 1865), accountant, and his second wife, Anna Margaret Marshall of Sekondi, Gold Coast...

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Rous, Francis (1580/81–1659), religious writer and politician  

Colin Burrow

Rous, Francis (1580/81–1659), religious writer and politician, was born at Dittisham, Devon, the fourth son of Sir Anthony Rous of Halton, Cornwall (knighted in 1603), and his first wife, Elizabeth (née Southgate). On 6 July 1593, aged twelve, he matriculated with two of his elder brothers as a commoner of ...