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William Boyce (bap. 1711, d. 1779) by Thomas Hudson, c. 1745–50 © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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Boyce, William (bap. 1711, d. 1779), composer, organist, and music editor, was born in Maiden Lane, London, and was baptized on 11 September 1711 at St James Garlickhythe, the youngest of four children of John Boyce (1673–1752), joiner and cabinet-maker, and his wife, ...

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Broderip, William (1683–1727), organist and composer, was born on 10 July 1683, the son of Adrian Broderip. He held several posts at Wells Cathedral, initially as vicar-choral from 1701 and then as sub-treasurer from 1706. He was paid a salary of 40s...

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Dowland, Robert (c. 1591–1641), musician, was the son of John Dowland (1563?–1626), lutenist and composer. The likely year of his birth is indicated by his marriage documents, dated 11 October 1626, which state that he was 'aged about xxxv yeares'. His godfather was ...

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Grant, John Peter, of Rothiemurchus (1885–1963), promoter of highland bagpiping, was born at 20 India Street, Edinburgh, on 24 June 1885, son of John Peter Grant of Rothiemurchus (1860–1927), advocate, and his wife, Edith Mary, née Brewster-Macpherson (d. 1922). He was to achieve distinction in three separate spheres but dominating his life was an abiding love of the Scottish highlands and their culture....

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L. M. Middleton

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Kelway [Kellaway, Kellway], Joseph (c. 1702–1782), musician, was probably born in Chichester, Sussex, the younger brother of Thomas Kelway; his parents are believed to have been either Thomas Kelway and his wife, Ann Crosfield, of Chichester, or Jasper Kellway and his wife, Mary Brathwait...

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Marsh, John (1752–1828), musician and writer, was born on 31 May 1752 at Dorking, Surrey, the first of the five children of Henry Marsh (1713–1772), captain in the Royal Navy, and his wife, Mary (Molly; 1715×20–1759), probably the daughter of Edward Tyler, a dissenting tradesman of ...

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Parry, John [Parry Ddall, Blind Parry] (1710?–1782), musician, was born at Bryncynan, near Nefyn on the Llŷn peninsula. It is not clear whether he was born blind, but he certainly appears to have been blind from a very early age. He became the outstanding player of the triple harp of his day, though his most significant contribution to Welsh music was his three published collections of Welsh and British airs. He learned to play the harp with a relative, ...

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John Parry (1710?–1782) by William Parry, c. 1760–80 © National Museums and Galleries of Wales