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Brown, James Duff (1862–1914), librarian and compiler of music reference books, was born on 6 November 1862 at 3 Reid Terrace, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, the second of seven children of James Brown of St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, a bookkeeper, and his wife, Margaret Douglas of ...


Chilmead, Edmund (1610–1654), scholar and musician, was born at Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, where he received his early schooling. In 1625 he was made clerk at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated BA in 1628 and proceeded MA in 1632, the year that also saw his instalment as petty canon of ...


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Percy Alfred Scholes (1877–1958) by Elliott & Fry, 1948 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Scholes, Percy Alfred (1877–1958), musical writer and encyclopaedist, was born at Headingley, Leeds, on 24 July 1877, the third child of Thomas Scholes, commercial agent, and his wife, Katharine Elizabeth Pugh. Ill health limited his attendance at school (he was a lifelong sufferer from severe bronchitis), but he gave much time to miscellaneous reading and the assiduous study of the elements of music. After a couple of years earning ...