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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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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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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