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Cultural formation Margiad Evans
ME wrote that she hated many of the forms of Christianity and other religions . . . . because of the sacrifice at the centre of them—the sacrificial blood. This hatred was connected with her...
Cultural formation Sarah Savage
SS was a Welshwoman but with strong ties to England, belonging to the professional classes but accustomed to the stigma of Nonconformity in a society where the Established Church was a vital plank in the...
Cultural formation Celia Fiennes
CF 's family were upper-class, linked to the nobility: distinguished anti-monarchists and dissenters . She took her religion seriously: at the sight of a monument to Fulke Greville which boasted his friendship with Sir Philip Sidney
Cultural formation Eleanor Tatlock
She was a middle-class Englishwoman, fervently Evangelical and in sympathy with Dissenters , who nevertheless continued to attend or at least embrace the sacraments of the Anglican church .
Ashfield, Andrew. Email to Isobel Grundy about Eleanor Tatlock.
Tatlock, Eleanor. Poems. S. Burton, 1811.
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Cultural formation Mary Taylor
In a letter to Elizabeth Gaskell, MT describes the house of her childhood as one of violent Dissent and Radicalism.
Taylor, Mary. Mary Taylor, Friend of Charlotte Brontë: Letters from New Zealand and Elsewhere. Stevens, JoanEditor , Auckland University Press; Oxford University Press, 1972.
Cultural formation Elizabeth Gilding
EG was born English and apparently white. Her somewhat obscure situation in life, with little leisure, probably indicates her membership in the lower middle class, and her marrying a Dissenter probably indicates that she was...
Cultural formation Dora Greenwell
Presumably white, DG was born into an upper-middle class family that was then comfortably off, but was financially devastated several years after her birth. Her religious allegiances present some confusion. She was brought up as...
Cultural formation Elizabeth Heyrick
She was born a Dissenter and until her marriage attended the Presbyterian church in East Bond Street, Leicester. John Wesley visited the Coltman household during her youth. Later, during her widowhood, she became a Quaker .
Beale, Catherine Hutton, editor. Catherine Hutton and Her Friends. Cornish Brothers, 1895.
Aucott, Shirley. Women of Courage, Vision and Talent: lives in Leicester 1780 to 1925. Shirley Aucott, 2008.
Cultural formation Elizabeth Singer Rowe
ESR was an English middle-class dissenter or more properly Independent .
Marshall, Madeleine Forell. “Review of Paula Backscheider on Elizabeth Singer Rowe”. Scriblerian, No. 2, 1, pp. 159 - 61.
Cultural formation Catherine Hutton
CH grew up in a Dissenting family which suffered for its beliefs. She had a number of Quaker friends, to whom she unembarrassedly used thou and thee. She wrote that she almost became a...
Cultural formation Maria Abdy
As a member of the English professional classes and an adherent of the established Anglican church, she was presumably white and relatively privileged, but little is known of her life. Her mother's family were Dissenters .
Cultural formation Mary Linskill
Seventeenth-century Linskills were active in the Society of Friends and in local trade.
Quinlan, David, and Arthur Frederick Humble. Mary Linskill: The Whitby Novelist. Horne and Son, 1969.
Mary Jane was strongly religious. Stamp relays a story of her mother not only frightening her with stories about hell, but...
Cultural formation Sarah Austin
SA came from a presumably white, professional, English Liberal background; hers was one of the most prominent dissenting families in Norwich, known for their talent and energy and their many contributions to ....
Cultural formation Elizabeth Major
EM was a Gentlewoman and probably a Dissenter . She was deeply pious.
Cultural formation Elizabeth Barrett Browning
She grew up in great privilege and luxury, since her mother's wealth and father's income from Jamaican plantations allowed the family to live according to their rank as English gentry, particularly in her earlier years...


March 1673
Charles II withdrew the Declaration of Indulgence promulgated one year earlier, which had offered a limited degree of freedom of worship to both Dissenters and Roman Catholics .
A tally taken by Church of England clergymen and known as the Compton Census set out to number adult Catholics and Dissenters in England and Wales.
March 1686
James II 's General Pardon and Royal Warrant released another batch of persecuted Quakers from prison.
4 April 1687
James II 's Abolition of the Test Act (a change which was also called the Declaration of Indulgence) extended freedom of worship without penalty to Catholics and Dissenting sects; but it remained in force only...
8 June 1688
The seven bishops (the Archbishop of Canterbury and six others) were imprisoned in the Tower of London for refusal to proclaim and distribute James II 's Declaration for Liberty of Conscience.
11 May 1792
Fox again proposed in the House of Commons that civil rights should be extended to Dissenters ; Burke, who had defended Dissenters in the past, furiously disagreed.
8 August 1851
The system of tithes (one-tenth of the produce of agricultural land paid yearly for the support of the Church of England ) was abolished at the instigation of William Blamire the younger (1790-1862).