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Bate, Philip Argall Turner (1909–1999), musicologist and collector of musical instruments, was born in Glasgow on 26 March 1909, the only child of English parents, Percy Herbert Bate (1868–1913), secretary to the Glasgow Museum of Arts, and Mary Turner (1872–1963). His father became curator of the ...

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Bunting, Edward (1773–1843), collector of folk music, was born in February 1773 at Armagh, the youngest of the three children of a mining engineer at Dungannon colliery in Coalisland, co. Tyrone (originally from Shottle, Derbyshire), and his wife, Mary (née O'Quin)...

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Goodman, James (1828–1896), Church of Ireland clergyman and music collector, was born on 22 September 1828 at Ballyameen, Dingle, co. Kerry, third of the nine children of Revd Thomas Chute Goodman (bap. 1793, d. 1864) and his wife, Mary, née Gorham, of ...

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Sabine Baring- Gould (1834–1924) by W. & D. Downey, pubd 1893 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gould, Sabine Baring- (1834–1924), Church of England clergyman, author, and folksong collector, born at Dix's Field, Exeter, on 28 January 1834, was the eldest of the three sons and a daughter of Edward Baring-Gould, a captain in the armed forces of the East India Company...

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Greig, Gavin (1856–1914), folksong collector and teacher, was born on 10 February 1856 in the North Lodge, Parkhill estate, near Dyce in Aberdeenshire, the fourth of five children of Gavin Greig (1822–1881), forester and land steward, and his wife, Mary (1815–1893), daughter of ...

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Herd, David (bap. 1732, d. 1810), song collector and editor, was born at Balmakelly in the parish of Marykirk in Kincardineshire, and baptized there on 23 October 1732, the son of John Herd, a farmer, and his wife, Margaret Low (1691–1751). Little is known of his education. He spent much of his career as a law clerk with ...

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MacDonald, Patrick (1729–1824), music collector and publisher, was born on 22 April 1729 in Durness manse, Durness, Sutherland, the eldest of four sons and seven daughters of the Revd Murdoch (Murdo) MacDonald (b. 1696) and his wife, Agnes Coupar (Cooper). Although a Presbyterian minister, ...

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MacLeod, Niel, of Gesto (c. 1754–1836), collector and editor of highland bagpipe music, was the only son, in a family of three children, of John MacLeod of Gesto, head of Clann mac mhic Thormoid (a cadet branch of the MacLeods of MacLeod), whose lands lay in ...

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Marson, Charles Latimer (1859–1914), Church of England clergyman and folk-song collector, was born on 16 May 1859 at Goldsworth, Woking, Surrey, the third child and eldest son among the three sons and five daughters of Charles Marson (1822–1895) and his wife, Ann Jane (1827–1888)...

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O'Neill, (Daniel) Francis (1848–1936), collector of Irish folk music, was born on 28 August 1848 (often given wrongly as 1849) at Tralibane, co. Cork, the fourth son and youngest of the seven children of John O'Neill (c.1801–1867), a farmer, and his wife, ...

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Paston, Edward (bap. 1550, d. 1630), music collector, was baptized on 15 February 1550, the second son of Sir Thomas Paston (c. 1517–1550) [see under Henry (VIII), privy chamber of], a gentleman of the privy chamber, and his wife, Agnes, daughter of ...

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Robert ap Huw (c. 1580–1665), harpist and compiler of manuscripts, may have been born at Penmynydd, Anglesey, the sixth of the nine children of Huw ap Siôn (d. 1590/91?) and his wife, Catrin (d. 1644), daughter of William ap Lewis, of ...

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Cecil James Sharp (1859–1924) by Esther Blaikie Mackinnon, 1921 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sharp, Cecil James (1859–1924), collector of English folk-songs and dances, was born on 22 November 1859 at Denmark Hill, London, the eldest son and third of the eleven children of John James Sharp (1827–1903), a slate merchant, and his wife, Jane (1829?–1915), the daughter of ...

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Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872–1958) by Sir Gerald Kelly, 1952 © reserved; Royal College of Music, London

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Williams, Ralph Vaughan (1872–1958), composer and folk-song collector, was born on 12 October 1872 at the vicarage in Down Ampney, Gloucestershire, the youngest of the three children of the Revd Arthur Charles Vaughan Williams (1834–1875) and his wife, Margaret Wedgwood (1842–1937). There was distinction on both sides of the family. The ...

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Wode [Wood], Thomas (d. 1592), Church of Scotland minister and musician, is first recorded as a monk of the Tironian (Benedictine) abbey of Lindores, Fife, where he remained until about 1561, by which time the community had been forcibly reformed by John Knox...