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Thomas Tregenna Biddulph (1763-1838)

Thomas Tregenna Biddulph was born in Worcestershire, the son of the Anglican clergyman and writer Thomas Biddulph (1735-1790). He was educated at Truro and at Queen's College Oxford. After ordination, Biddulph served several curacies including one to his father at Padstow. From 1793 to 1803 he was incumbent at Bengeworth and in 1799 was appointed Perpetual Curate of Bristol St James.

Biddulph was prominent in evangelical circles. He set up a Sunday School, introduced a Visiting Society, and was a pioneer of both the Bristol Female Penitentiary Society and the Church of England Tract Society. He was also an early member of the Church Missionary Society, a founder of the Bristol Church Missionary Association and the first treasurer and secretary of the Bristol Clerical Education Society.

Biddulph was a prolific writer and played a leading role in the 1815 baptismal controversy. He was a strong churchman and was opposed to Catholic emancipation and parliamentary reform.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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