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Baldwin, John (d. 1615), music copyist and composer, is of unknown origins and parentage. According to Ernest Brennecke, Baldwin was admitted a lay clerk of St George's Chapel, Windsor, in 1575; he cites no documentary evidence in support of this claim and none exists today, though subsequent repair work on the ...

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Bing, Stephen (bap. 1610, d. 1681), singer and music copyist, was born in Canterbury and baptized on 20 September 1610 in the parish of St George the Martyr, the only son and second of five children of Stephen Bing (d. 1632?), probably a beer-brewer, and his wife, probably ...

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Bowman, Henry (fl. 1674–1680), composer and music copyist, is of unknown parentage, but he may have been related to the booksellers Francis and Thomas Bowman, of St Mary the Virgin parish, Oxford. The earliest reference to 'Mr Bowman' is dated 5 February 1674, when his 'new Ayres' were first performed at the ...

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Dow, Robert (1553–1588), music copyist, was the eldest of five sons born to Lettice Bull and Robert Dow (1523–1612), citizen and merchant taylor of London. His father was collector of tonnage and poundage for the port of London. He may have attended Merchant Taylors' School...

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Mulliner, Thomas (fl. 1545–1575), music copyist, is of obscure origins. The statement that he was master of St Paul's School cannot be verified, and is derived solely from an annotation in his manuscript of keyboard music (BL, Add. MS 30513) by ...

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Rawlings [Rawlins], Thomas (c. 1703–1767), musician and music copyist, was born 'about the year 1703' according to information supplied by his grandson to John Sainsbury for his Dictionary of Musicians of 1824. It has been suggested that he may have been the son of the instrument maker and seller ...

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Sadler, John (b. 1512/13, d. in or after 1591), translator and music copyist, studied at Cambridge, perhaps as a scholar of Christ's College in 1536; he graduated BA in 1538 (possibly at Corpus Christi College). He was fellow of Jesus College from 1539 to 1546, graduated MA in 1540, and was made an original fellow of ...

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Smith, John Christopher [formerly Johann Christoph Schmidt] (1712–1795), composer and music copyist, was born in Ansbach, Germany, in 1712, the son of the German music copyist Johann Christoph Schmidt (1683–1762/3), later known as John Christopher Smith the elder, and his wife, whose name is unknown but who was apparently wealthy. Both composers are chiefly remembered for their connections with ...

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Wycombe, W. of (fl. c. 1275), music copyist and Benedictine monk, is of unknown origins. He became a monk of Reading Abbey, and inscriptions in two Reading manuscripts testify that he wrote music, but unfortunately nothing that is extant can unequivocally be ascribed to him. ...