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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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Barcroft, George (d. 1610), Church of England clergyman and musician, is of unknown parentage. From 1565 to 1571 he was a chorister of Winchester Cathedral. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, as a sizar on 12 December 1574, and graduated BA in 1578; during 1575–7 he was also a singing-man of the chapel choir. In 1578–9, despite his youth, he was admitted organist and master of the choristers of ...

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Bisse, Thomas (1675–1731), Church of England clergyman and founder of the Three Choirs festival, was baptized on 6 April 1675 at Oldbury on the Hill, Gloucestershire, one of two sons of John Bisse (c.1638–1686), rector of that parish, and his wife, ...

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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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Clifford, James (bap. 1622, d. 1698), Church of England clergyman and musician, son of Edward Clifford, a cook, was born at Oxford, in the parish of St Mary Magdalen, where he was baptized on 2 May 1622. He had three brothers and two sisters. He was a chorister at ...

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Coles, Vincent Stuckey Stratton (1845–1929), Church of England clergyman and hymn writer, was born on 27 March 1845 at the rectory, Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset, the only son of the Revd James Stratton Coles (1810–1872), rector of Shepton Beauchamp from 1836 and later rural dean and a prebendary of ...

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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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Davy, Charles (1722/3–1797), Church of England clergyman and writer on music, was born in Norwich, the son of Charles Davy of Hatton Garden, London; his mother may have been Sarah Davy. He was educated at Mr Haslehurst's school at Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, Mr Pigge's school...

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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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Eastcott, Richard (bap. 1744, d. 1828), writer on music and Church of England clergyman, was baptized on 22 November 1744 at Launceston, Cornwall, the son of Sandford Eastcott. He matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford, on 9 July 1764. He does not seem to have taken a degree, but was at some point ordained. He devoted his life to musical circles in ...

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Ellacombe [Ellicombe], Henry Thomas (1790–1885), campanologist and Church of England clergyman, was born at Alphington, Devon, on 15 May 1790, the second of seven sons of William Ellicombe (d. 1831), rector of Alphington, and his wife, Hannah, née Rous. Sir Charles Grene Ellicombe...

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Estwick, Sampson (1656/7–1739), musician and Church of England clergyman, was, according to Hawkins, one of the first set of children of the Chapel Royal under Henry Cooke, after the Restoration; however, this claim lacks support. Having matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford, on 4 April 1674, aged seventeen (registered among the commoners), he proceeded BA in 1677, MA in 1680, and BD in 1692. He was appointed chaplain of ...

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Fellowes, Edmund Horace (1870–1951), Church of England clergyman and musical scholar, was born in Paddington, London, on 11 November 1870, the second son and fifth child of Horace Decimus Fellowes (1836–1881), assistant director of the royal army clothing depot and a member of the family of ...

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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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Galpin, Francis William (1858–1945), Church of England clergyman, musicologist, and antiquary, was born on 25 December 1858 in Dorchester, the eldest of three children of John Galpin (1813–1883), an ironmaster, and his wife, Emily, née Hamsford (d. 1899). He is remembered for his outstanding contributions to the scholarship of musical instruments, although these were not achieved at the expense of his pastoral work. Because of his ecclesiastical title he is generally referred to in musical circles as ...

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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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Gostling, John (1649/50–1733), singer and Church of England clergyman, was born at East Malling, Kent, the son of Isaac Gostling (d. 1669), a chandler, and educated at the King's School, Rochester. In 1668, aged eighteen, he was admitted as sizar to St John's College, Cambridge...

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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...