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Cooke, Thomas (1722–1783), Church of England clergyman and eccentric, born in Hexham, Northumberland, on 23 October 1722, was the son of John Cooke, a shoemaker at Hexham. He received his education as king's scholar at Durham School, and afterwards entered Queen's College, Oxford...

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Alexander Cruden (1699–1770) by Thomas Trotter, pubd 1785 (after Thomas Frye) ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cruden, Alexander (1699–1770), biblical scholar and eccentric, was born in Aberdeen on 31 May 1699, the second of eleven children of William Cruden (d. 1739), a prominent merchant and bailie in the city, and his wife, Isabel Pyper (d. 1740). He was educated in ...

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Henley, John [known as Orator Henley] (1692–1756), dissenting minister and eccentric, was born on 3 August 1692, probably at St Mary's vicarage, Melton Mowbray, coming from a line of eminently respectable clerical forebears. His father, the Revd Simon Henley (1665–1731), vicar of ...

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Summers, (Augustus) Montague [name in religion Alphonsus Joseph-Mary] (1880–1948), literary scholar, occultist, and eccentric, was born in Pembroke Lodge, Clifton, near Bristol, on 10 April 1880, the youngest of the seven children of Augustus William Summers, a wealthy banker, and his wife, ...

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Tollemache, Ralph William Lyonel Tollemache- (1826–1895), Church of England clergyman and bestower of eccentric names, was born on 19 October 1826, the eldest son of the Hon. and Revd Hugh Francis Tollemache (1802–1890), rector of Harrington, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Matilda, the daughter of ...