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Alexander Gordon (1841–1931) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gordon, Alexander (1841–1931), Unitarian minister and historian, was born on 9 June 1841 at Cheylesmore Manor House, Coventry, the second of the five sons of John Gordon (1807–1880), a Unitarian minister. John Gordon was born at Dudley, Worcestershire, on 1 March 1807, the son of ...

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Charles Merivale (1808–1893) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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J. M. Rigg

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Merivale, Charles (1808–1893), historian and dean of Ely, second son in the large family of John Herman Merivale (1779–1844), commissioner in bankruptcy, and Louisa Heath (1787–1873), daughter of Joseph Drury, was born at 14 East Street, Red Lion Square, London, on 8 March 1808. His father being a Unitarian and his mother an Anglican, he was brought up in a climate of undogmatic and practical piety. At the age of fifteen he joined the ...

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Joshua Toulmin (1740–1815) by George Clint, pubd 1810 (after Richard Bonington) Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Toulmin, Joshua (1740–1815), Unitarian minister and historian, was born in Aldersgate Street, London, on 30 April 1740. He was the son of Caleb Toulmin of Aldersgate Street and his wife, Mary, daughter of Thomas Skinner. In later life he acknowledged his debt to the religious values of his nonconformist upbringing. In 1748 he entered ...