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Gawen, Thomas (1612–1684), religious writer and traveller, son of Thomas Gawen, a Church of England minister of Bristol city, was born at Marshfield, Gloucestershire. He was admitted a scholar of Winchester College in 1625. In 1632 he was made perpetual fellow of New College, Oxford...

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Otway, Caesar [pseud. Terence O'Toole] (1780–1842), religious journalist and writer on Ireland, was born in co. Tipperary, the son of Loftus Otway, a merchant. He entered Trinity College, Dublin, on 6 December 1796, aged sixteen, and graduated BA in 1801. After being ordained he was successively curate of a number of country parishes. In 1836 he was appointed to the assistant chaplaincy of ...

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Reade, William Winwood (1838–1875), traveller, novelist, and controversialist, the eldest son of William Barrington Reade (1803–1881) and Elizabeth Reade (1810–1895) (daughter of Captain John Murray RN), of Ipsden House, Oxfordshire, was born at St Finan, near Crieff, Perthshire, on 26 December 1838. He was educated at ...

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Scoresby, William, junior (1789–1857), Arctic scientist and Church of England clergyman, was born in Cropton, near Pickering, Yorkshire, on 5 October 1789. He was one of eleven children born to William Scoresby (1760–1829), Arctic whaler and navigator, and his wife, Lady Mary Smith (1765–1819)...

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William Scoresby junior (1789–1857) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, c. 1844 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Waddington, George (1793–1869), traveller and church historian, son of George Waddington (bap. 1753, d. 1824), vicar of Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, and his wife, Anne, youngest daughter of Peter Dollond [see under Dollond family], optician, was born at Tuxford on 7 September 1793. He had a younger brother and two younger sisters. His paternal grandfather was ...

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Williams, Roger (c. 1606–1683), religious controversialist and founder of Providence, Rhode Island, was born in London, but no record of the exact date survives. He was the third of four children of James Williams (d. 1621), merchant tailor, and Alice Pemberton (...