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Bedford, Thomas (1707–1773), nonjuring Church of England clergyman and historian, was the second son of Hilkiah Bedford (1663–1724), nonjuring Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Alice (1667–1728), daughter of William Cooper. He was born in Westminster, where his father kept a boarding-house for the scholars of ...

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Copeland, William John (1804–1885), historian and Church of England clergyman, was born at Chigwell, Essex, on 1 September 1804, the elder son of William Copeland, a surgeon. He entered St Paul's School, London, in 1815 and Trinity College, Oxford, in 1824, where he held a scholarship but was prevented by ill health from entering for honours and, like ...

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Coxe, William (1748–1828), historian and Church of England clergyman, was born on 6 March 1748 in Dover Street, Piccadilly, London, the eldest son of William Coxe (c.1710–1760), physician to the king's household, and his wife, Martha, daughter of Paul D'Aranda. His younger brother was the writer and poet ...

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Dimock, James Francis (1810–1876), Church of England clergyman and historian, second son in the family of three sons and five daughters of John Giles Dimock (1773–1858), rector of Uppingham, Rutland, and his wife, Sarah (1781/2–1851), daughter of William Humphries of Baldock, Hertfordshire, was born at ...

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Falle, Philip (1656–1742), historian and Church of England clergyman, was born in St Saviour, Jersey, the son of Thomas Falle (1629–1673), farmer, centenier or parish constable of St Saviour from 1658 to 1660, and his wife, Marie Dumaresq (d. before 1670). The eldest of four surviving brothers and half-brothers and two sisters descended from an old ...

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Farrar, Adam Storey (1826–1905), Church of England clergyman and historian, was born in London on 20 April 1826, the son of Abraham Eccles Farrar, president of the Wesleyan Methodist conference, and his second wife, Elizabeth née Storey, of whom little is known. Educated at the ...

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Hanmer, Meredith (1543–1604), Church of England and Church of Ireland clergyman and historian, was born at Porkington, Shropshire, the son of Thomas, commonly called Ginta, Hanmer and his wife. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he obtained a chaplaincy in 1567, and graduated BA in 1568, MA in 1572, BTh in 1581 (as a nobleman's chaplain), and DTh in 1582....

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Peter Heylyn (1599–1662) by Robert White, pubd 1681 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Heylyn, Peter (1599–1662), Church of England clergyman and historian, was born in Burford, Oxfordshire, on 29 November 1599, the second son of Henry Heylyn (d. 1622), a minor country gentleman, and his wife, Elizabeth Clampard (d. 1616). He was educated at ...

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Jenkins, Claude (1877–1959), historian and Church of England clergyman, claimed to have been born on 26 May 1877 (his birth certificate counter-claimed 24 May) in Handsworth, Staffordshire, the eldest son of Oswald Jenkins, cashier and later land agent, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of ...

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William Dunn Macray (1826–1916) by Henry Scott Tuke, in or before 1910 © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Macray, William Dunn (1826–1916), librarian, historian, and Church of England clergyman, was born on 7 July 1826 in St Pancras, London, the third son of John Macray (1796–1878) and his wife, Ann Downs. He was educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford, and matriculated at ...

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Mayo, Charles (1750–1829), historian and Church of England clergyman, was born on 7 December 1750 at Beechingstoke, Wiltshire, the son of the Revd John Mayo, rector of Beechingstoke and vicar of Wilcot, and grandson of the Revd John Mayo, vicar of Avebury, brother of ...

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McManners, John [Jack] (1916–2006), historian and Church of England clergyman, was born on 25 December 1916 at 14 Lanark Terrace, Ferryhill, co. Durham, the eldest of three sons of Joseph (Joe) McManners, a miner, and his wife, Annie, née Marshall, a schoolteacher. He grew up in an Anglican vicarage after his father was ordained, and was educated at the ...

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Morant, Philip (1700–1770), historian and Church of England clergyman, the third child and second son of Stephen Mouraunt of Jersey and his wife, Mary Filleul, was born at St Saviour's, Jersey, on 6 October 1700. Bilingual from childhood, he was educated at Abingdon grammar school...

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Powel [Powell], David (1549x52–1598), Church of England clergyman and historian, was the son of Hywel ap Dafydd ap Gruffudd of Denbighshire (his father's family possessed a pedigree stretching back to beyond 1073) and of Katherine, the daughter of Gruffudd ab Ievan ap Dafydd...

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Rawlinson, George (1812–1902), historian and Church of England clergyman, born on 23 November 1812 at Chadlington, Oxfordshire, was the third son of Abram Tyzack Rawlinson (1777–1845), a landowner and racehorse breeder, and his wife, Eliza Eudocia Albinia (d. 1863), daughter of Henry Creswicke...

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Sherman, John (d. 1671), historian and Church of England clergyman, was the son of Samuel Sherman (d. 1644), clothier, of Dedham, Essex, and his wife, Esther (d. 1646), daughter of Robert Burgess. Sherman's early life is obscure, but in 1645 he was admitted as a pensioner at ...

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Smith, John (bap. 1659, d. 1715), Church of England clergyman and historian, was baptized at Lowther, Westmorland, on 10 November 1659, one of the eleven sons of William Smith (bap. 1630, d. 1676), rector of Lowther, and his wife, Elizabeth (d...

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Smith, John (b. c. 1700), Church of England clergyman and historian, matriculated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, in 1719. He was ordained in Lincoln in 1720, and graduated LLB in 1725. He spent most of his life in Lincolnshire, and may have been the ...