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Bacon, Thomas (1700?–1768), Church of England clergyman and musician, was probably born either in the Isle of Man or Cumberland. He had at least one brother. He is known to have been in charge of a coal depot in Dublin in 1737, the year in which he published ...

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Chelle, William (fl. 1524–1559), Church of England clergyman and musician, was born probably in the diocese of Worcester; he may be the William Chell who, a secular, was ordained acolyte on 21 May 1513 and subdeacon on 7 March 1516. Now a priest, he supplicated for the degree of BMus at ...

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Creighton [Creyghton], Robert (1636/7–1734), Church of England clergyman and composer, was the son of Robert Creighton (or Creyghton) (1593–1672) and his wife, Frances Walrond (1615–1683). The elder Creighton was professor of Greek at Cambridge from 1625 to 1639; after exile with the court of ...

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Davies, Rowland (1740–1797), composer and Roman Catholic priest, was born on 9 May 1740 in London, son of Rowland Davies and his wife, Jane Nicholas. He was a pupil of George Frideric Handel, and is said to have played the organ at the coronation of ...

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Dygon [Wyldebore], John (c. 1482–1566?), Benedictine monk and composer, was a nephew of John Dygon, abbot of St Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury, and was himself a monk of St Augustine's in 1505 when he was ordained subdeacon; he occurs as sub-prior in 1521 and prior in 1535. A good example of the pre-dissolution monastic intellectual, he studied in ...

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Dykes, John Bacchus (1823–1876), composer and Church of England clergyman, was born on 10 March 1823 at Kingston upon Hull, the son of William Hey Dykes, banker, of Hull, and grandson of the Revd Thomas Dykes, incumbent of St John's Church, Hull. His appreciation of music was evident from an early age: when ten years old he played the organ in his grandfather's church. Shortly after 1840 his father moved to ...

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Fethy [Futhie], John (d. 1568x70), musician and Roman Catholic priest, was the author of two notable lyrics (nos. 288 and 309) in the Bannatyne collection (1568)—for no. 309 at least there is evidence that he also composed music—and of words and music for ...

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Finch, Edward (bap. 1663, d. 1738), Church of England clergyman and musician, was baptized on 20 April 1663 at St Mary Abbots, Kensington, the fifth surviving son among the fourteen children of Heneage Finch, first earl of Nottingham (1621–1682), lord chancellor, and his wife, ...

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Flintoft, Luke (c. 1680–1727), clergyman and composer, was a native of Yorkshire. He was admitted a sizar at Queens' College, Cambridge, on 6 July 1697 and took his BA in 1700. He was appointed a chorister at Trinity College in May 1698, chaplain of ...

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Folcard (d. after 1085), monk, musician, and hagiographer, was a Benedictine of St Bertin's, at St Omer in Flanders, who became acting abbot of Thorney (c.1069–85). He can be compared with Goscelin of St Bertin. All that is known of him comes from some, mostly cryptic, autobiographical remarks in the prefaces to his few extant works and a brief notice in ...

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Ford, David Everard (1797–1875), Congregational minister and composer, was born on 13 September 1797 at Long Melford, Suffolk, where his father, David Ford, was Independent minister. After an apprenticeship in London he entered Wymondley College, London, in 1816, where Thomas Binney was a fellow student. While still a student ...

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Goscelin (b. c. 1035, d. in or after 1107), Benedictine monk, musician, and hagiographer, was a Fleming by birth, and joined the Benedictine order at the abbey of St Bertin in St Omer. His background is obscure. But he could have entered St Bertin...

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Gwynneth [Gwynedd], John (d. 1560x63), composer and polemicist, is of uncertain origins. According to Arthur Bulkeley, his contemporary and bishop of Bangor, Gwynneth was the son of Dafydd ap Llewelyn ab Ithel of Castellmarch, Llŷn, Caernarvonshire. Church music gave him the opportunity of advancement. In minor orders as an acolyte when admitted rector of ...

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Johnson, Robert (d. after 1549), priest and composer, was born in Duns, Berwickshire. According to an annotation in the partbooks that Thomas Wode, vicar of St Andrews, copied (c.1562–92), Johnson fled to England after being ‘deletit’, that is, delated, or summoned before an ecclesiastical court, on charges of heresy. During the reign of ...

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La Trobe, Christian Ignatius (1758–1836), Moravian minister and composer, was born on 12 February 1758 at Fulneck in Yorkshire. He was the eldest son of Benjamin La Trobe (1728–1786), a Moravian minister, and Anna Margaretta (1728–1794), deaconess and daughter of Henry Antes of ...

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Lynch, Thomas Toke (1818–1871), hymn writer and composer, was born at Dunmow, Essex, on 5 July 1818, the son of John Burke Lynch, a surgeon. He was educated at a school in Islington, London, where he was afterwards an usher. In 1841 he became a Sunday school teacher and district visitor, occasionally preaching and giving lectures on sight-singing and temperance. In 1843 he entered ...

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Mudd, Thomas (b. 1559/60, d. in or after 1619), Church of England clergyman and composer, was probably born in London. His father, Henry Mudd, served as organist (1573, 1577) and vicar-choral (July 1574) of St Paul's Cathedral, and until his death (about 1588) as parish clerk at ...

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Mudge, Richard (bap. 1718, d. 1763), composer and Church of England clergyman, was baptized at Bideford, Devon, on 26 December 1718, the third of the four sons (there was also a daughter) of Zachariah Mudge (1694–1769), headmaster and clergyman, and his wife, Mary Fox (...

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O'Neill, William Chichester, first Baron O'Neill (1813–1883), Church of Ireland clergyman and composer, was born on 4 March 1813 at Culdaff House, co. Donegal, the son of Edward Chichester (d. 1840), rector of Kilmore, Armagh, and his wife, Catherine, née Young. He was educated at ...