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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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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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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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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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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 ...

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Torrance, George William (1835–1907), Church of Ireland clergyman and composer, was born at Rathmines, Dublin, the eldest son of George Torrance, a merchant tailor. He was a chorister in Christ Church, Dublin, from 1847 to 1851 under Sir Robert Prescott Stewart, and became an organist for a short time at ...

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Woodward, Herbert Hall (1847–1909), composer and clergyman, was born on 13 January 1847 at The Friars, near Liverpool, the fifth and youngest son of Robert Woodward (1801–1882) and his wife, Mary (d. 1891), the youngest daughter of William Hall, of Ryall's Court, Ripple, Worcestershire...