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Alexander Gordon

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Anstice, Joseph (1808–1836), classical scholar and hymn writer, the second son of William Anstice and his wife, Penelope, daughter of John Poole of Over Stowey, Somerset, was born on 21 December 1808 at Madeley, Shropshire, where the Anstice family had extensive iron-founding interests. He received his early education from his uncle, ...

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Sir Granville Ransome Bantock (1868–1946) by Herbert Lambert, pubd 1923 © Jenny Letton, administered by Composer Prints Ltd.; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bantock, Sir Granville Ransome (1868–1946), composer, was born on 7 August 1868 at 44 Cornwall Road, Notting Hill, London, the eldest son of an eminent surgeon and gynaecologist, George Granville Bantock (1837–1913), and his wife, Sophia Elizabeth (Bessie) Ransome (1843–1909). George Bantock had been born in ...

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Borthwick, Jane Laurie (1813–1897), hymn writer and translator, was born on 9 April 1813 in Edinburgh, the first daughter of James Borthwick, insurance manager of the North British Insurance Office, and his wife, Sarah Finlay, both staunch members of the Free Church of Scotland...

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Gill, William Henry (1839–1923), Manx folklorist and composer, was born in Marsala, Sicily, on 24 October 1839, the eldest son of Joseph Gill (1810–1876), civil engineer, and his wife, Charlotte Augusta, née Stephen (1805–1862). Both parents were born in the Isle of Man...

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Hacomblen [Hacomplaynt], Robert (1455/6–1528), college head and composer, is of unknown parentage. The record of his admission in 1469, as a king's scholar, to Eton College, where he spent three years, provides all that is known of his origins: he was thirteen years old and from the parish of ...

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Hadley, Patrick Arthur Sheldon (1899–1973), composer and university teacher, was born at 66 Barton Road, Cambridge, on 5 March 1899, the younger of the two sons of William Sheldon Hadley (1859–1927), fellow and later master of Pembroke College, Cambridge, a distinguished classical scholar; his mother was ...

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N. D. F. Pearce

revised by Anne Pimlott Baker

Hague, Charles (1769–1821), violinist and composer, was born on 4 May 1769 at Tadcaster, Yorkshire, the son of Robert Hague. He was taught music and the violin by his elder brother William. In 1779 he moved to Cambridge, where his brother had a music shop, and studied the violin and singing with ...

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Halket, George (bap. 1692, d. 1756), Jacobite songwriter and schoolmaster, son of James Halket, was baptized in Banff on 6 July 1692. He completed his studies at King's College, Aberdeen, 1709–13, but—as was then quite common—did not graduate. In 1714 he was appointed schoolmaster, precentor, and session clerk of ...

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William Hayes (bap. 1708, d. 1777) by Thomas Park, pubd 1787 (after John Cornish) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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R. F. Sharp

revised by Nicholas Salwey

Hayes, William (bap. 1708, d. 1777), composer, son of William Hayes (1685–1758), shoemaker, was baptized at St John's, Gloucester, on 26 January 1708. His name first appears among the list of choristers at Gloucester Cathedral in 1717, where it remains for the next ten years, during which time he was articled to the organist, ...

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McEwen, Sir John Blackwood (1868–1948), composer and college head, was born on 13 April 1868 at East Bank manse, Hawick, Roxburghshire, the son of James McEwen, United Presbyterian minister, and his first wife, Jane Blackwood. His father became minister of Sydney Place United Presbyterian Church, Glasgow...

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See Morris, Charles

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Pearsall, Robert Lucas (1795–1856), composer and antiquary, born at Clifton, Bristol, on 14 March 1795, was the son of Richard Pearsall, a former army officer and amateur musician, and his wife, Elizabeth Lucas, a descendant through her mother, Phillippa Still, of John Still...

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L. M. Middleton

revised by David S. Knight

Phillips, Arthur (1605–1695), organist and composer, was a younger son of William Phillips of Winchester. He matriculated at New College, Oxford, on 15 November 1622. He was appointed organist of Bristol Cathedral in 1638 and Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1639, and graduated BMus in 1640. From 1639, following in the footsteps of his predecessor at ...

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Rhys, Morgan (1716–1779), hymn writer and schoolmaster, was born on 1 April 1716, in Efail Fach, Cil-y-cwm, Carmarthenshire, one of nine children born to Rhys and Ann Lewis. Little is known of his early life but there is ample evidence in the annual ...

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Skinner, John (1721–1807), songwriter and ecclesiastical historian, was born on 3 October 1721 at Balfour in Birse, Aberdeenshire, the only child of John Skinner (c.1696–1776), parochial schoolmaster of Birse, and his wife, Jean Gillanders (d. c.1723), widow of Donald Farquharson...

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Somervell, Sir Arthur (1863–1937), composer and educationist, was born on 5 June 1863 at Hazelthwaite in Applethwaite, Cumberland, the youngest of six sons and nine children of Robert Miller Somervell, leather merchant and founder of Somervell Brothers (manufacturers of K Shoes), and his wife, ...

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Thomas, John [pseud. Ieuan Ddu] (1795–1871), composer and schoolmaster, was born at Pibwr Llwyd, a farmhouse near Carmarthen. He was educated at Carmarthen, where he later kept a school for a short time. He moved to Merthyr Tudful, Glamorgan, about 1830 to follow the same occupation. Except for a short period when he was clerk to the Chartist ...

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Voynich [née Boole], Ethel Lilian [Lily] [E. L. V.] (1864–1960), novelist, translator, and musician, was born on 11 May 1864 at Lichfield Cottage, Blackrock, Ballintemple, near Cork, the youngest daughter of the mathematician and logician George Boole (1815–1864) and his wife, Mary Boole, ...