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Allan, Thomas (fl. 1800–1840), lawyer and political adviser to the Wesleyan Methodists, was one of the most important laymen of his generation, but his biographical details remain unknown. When in 1799–1800 parliamentary attempts were made to exclude itinerant preaching and Sunday schools from the protection of the ...

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(William) Norman Birkett, first Baron Birkett (1883–1962) by Claude Rogers, 1958 © Estate of Claude Rogers; Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Birkett, (William) Norman, first Baron Birkett (1883–1962), barrister and judge, was born at Ulverston, Lancashire, on 6 September 1883, the fourth of the five children of Thomas Birkett (d. 1913) and his first wife, Agnes (d. 1886), daughter of Moses Tyson...

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Lewis, Sir Samuel (1843–1903), lawyer and civic leader in Sierra Leone, was born on 13 November 1843 at Campbell Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone, the second of the seven children of William Lewis (c.1812–1901), a merchant, and his wife, Fanny Thorpe (...

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Quilliam, William Henry [known as Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam; Haroon Mustapha Leon] (1856–1932), lawyer and Muslim leader, was born on 10 April 1856 at 22 Elliot Street, Liverpool, the son of Robert Quilliam, watch manufacturer, and his wife, Harriet, née Burrows. He was of Manx descent (and at one point active in the ...

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Walton, Sir John Lawson (1852–1908), barrister and politician, was born on 4 August 1852, the son of John Walton, Wesleyan minister in Ceylon and at Grahamstown, Cape Colony, who became president of the Wesleyan conference in 1887 and died on 5 June 1904, aged eighty. His mother was ...

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Samuel Warren (1807–1877) by Maull & Polyblank, 1850s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Warren, Samuel (1807–1877), lawyer and writer, was born on 23 May 1807 near Wrexham, Denbighshire, the elder son of Dr Samuel Warren (1781–1862), clergyman, and his first wife, Anne (1778–1823), daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Williams. Little is known about Samuel Warren's early education except his statement in the preface to ...

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Wilmot, Lemuel Allan (1809–1878), lawyer and politician in Canada, born on 31 January 1809 in Sunbury county, New Brunswick, was the son of William Wilmot (1780–1857), a lumberman of loyalist ancestry, and his wife, Hannah (1780–1811), the daughter of Daniel Bliss, a loyalist and member of the first ...