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Herschel, William (1738–1822), musician and astronomer, was born at Hanover on 15 November 1738, and baptized Friedrich Wilhelm. He was the fourth of the ten children (and the third of six to survive infancy) of Isaac Herschel (1707–1767), a former gardener who was then an oboist in the ...

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Lanier, Nicholas (bap. 1588, d. 1666), musician and art dealer, was baptized on 10 September 1588 in the church of Holy Trinity Minories, London. His father, John Lanier (d. 1616), was a sackbut player in the royal court band or musick, and his mother, ...

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Thomas, John [pseud. Pencerdd Gwalia] (1826–1913), harpist, was born on 1 March 1826, in Bridgend, Glamorgan, the eldest of the seven children of John Thomas (1807–1895), a tailor, and his wife, Catherine Jones (1806–1863). In 1838, at the age of twelve, he competed at the ...