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Arthur Burns

Professor Arthur Burns

Arthur Burns is Professor of Modern British History at King’s College London where he teaches 18th and 19th-century British political and social History. He is also Vice-Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. He chief research interests lie in the later 18th and early 19th centuries, and in particular in the history of the Church of England both as an institution and as a profession. He is a director of the important online historical resource, The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835 ( and has written widely on the intersection of the church and the wider political culture in later Hanoverian Britain. He was one of the editors of the award-winning St Paul’s: The Cathedral Church of London 604-2004 (Yale, 2004), and is currently working on a study of the Christian Socialist tradition at Thaxted in Essex. Arthur Burns is currently Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society with particular responsibility for Education.

Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth

Henry Addington, born on 30 May 1757, was eldest son of a successful London physician, Dr Anthony Addington. He passed through Winchester College and other schools on his path to Brasenose College, Oxford, and then Lincoln’s Inn, becoming a barrister …

William Pitt the Younger (Whig/Tory 1783-1801, 1804-1806)

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William Pitt (the younger), Government Art Collection

William Pitt (the younger) was born on 28 May 1759 at Hayes Place, Kent, the second son of William Pitt (the elder), later 1st Earl of Chatham and himself Prime Minister. He matriculated at Pembroke College, Cambridge at the age …