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Cummings, William Hayman (1831–1915), singer and musical antiquary, was born on 22 August 1831 at Sidbury, Devon, the son of Edward Manly Cummings and his wife, Julia. The family moved to London and he became a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral. Because William Hawes...

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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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Francis William Galpin (1858–1945) by unknown photographer © reserved; Galpin Society

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Gordon, Alexander (c. 1692–1754?), antiquary and singer, was born probably in Aberdeen, where his father, James Gordon, who was still living in 1723, was a merchant and sometime dean of guild. He took the degree of master of arts at Aberdeen University, and seems to have become proficient in classical and modern languages and to have developed a talent for both music and fine art. In later years, however, his friend and scholarly patron ...

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T. W. Bayne

revised by Harriet Harvey Wood

Jamieson, Robert (1772?–1844), antiquary and ballad collector, was a native of Moray, and, after graduating from King's College, Aberdeen, in 1793, was appointed an assistant classical teacher at Macclesfield, Cheshire, in 1796. There he designed a collection of Scottish ballads and was engaged on it for several years after 1800, in ...

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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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T. C. Hughes

revised by J. M. Blatchly

Raven, John James (1833–1906), antiquary and campanologist, born on 25 June 1833 at Boston, Lincolnshire, was the eldest son of eight children of John Hardy Raven, of Huguenot descent, rector of Worlington, near Mildenhall, Suffolk, and his wife, Jane Augusta, daughter of John Richman...

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Rimbault, Edward Francis [pseud. Franz Nava] (1816–1876), writer on music and antiquary, born in Soho, London, on 13 June 1816, was the son of Stephen Francis Rimbault (1773–1837), organist of St Giles-in-the-Fields, a descendant from a Huguenot refugee family. After learning the elements of music from his father, he became the pupil of ...

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Henry Davey

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Sandys, William (1792–1874), writer on music and antiquary, eldest son of Hannibal Sandys (1763–1847) and his wife, Anne (d. 1850), daughter of William Hill, was born at 5 Crane Court, Fleet Street, London, on 29 October 1792. He was educated at Westminster School...

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Smith, John Stafford (bap. 1750, d. 1836), musician and musical antiquary, was baptized in Gloucester Cathedral on 30 March 1750, the son of Martin Smith (c.1715–1786), organist of Gloucester Cathedral from 1739 to 1781, and Agrilla Smith, née Stafford. Smith was first taught music by his father, who in 1761 sent him to ...

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John Stafford Smith (bap. 1750, d. 1836) by Thomas Illman (after William Behnes) © National Portrait Gallery, London