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Banastre [Banaster], Gilbert (d. 1487), composer and poet, is of obscure origins, but was possibly related to (or even the son of) Henry Banaster (d. 1456) of Southwark, a yeoman of Henry VI's household. His mother, Alice, was still alive when he made his will. A birth date not later than ...

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Fethy [Futhie], John (d. 1568x70), musician and Roman Catholic priest, was the author of two notable lyrics (nos. 288 and 309) in the Bannatyne collection (1568)—for no. 309 at least there is evidence that he also composed music—and of words and music for ...

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Ivor Bertie Gurney (1890–1937) by unknown photographer © reserved; The British Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gurney, Ivor Bertie (1890–1937), composer and poet, was born at 3 Queen Street, Gloucester, on 28 August 1890, the elder son and second in the family of two boys and two girls of David Gurney (1872–1919), proprietor of a small tailoring business, and his wife, ...

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Hall, Henry (c. 1656–1707), musician and poet, was reputedly born in New Windsor, Berkshire, the son of a tailor named Captain James Hall (bap. 1616, d. 1672), but although this information derives from Anthony Wood, documentary evidence for the assertions is lacking. When young, ...

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Hume, Alexander (1811–1859), poet and composer, was born in Edinburgh on 7 February 1811, the son of William Hume, a wax chandler, and his wife, Elizabeth Robertson. After receiving an elementary education he worked as a cabinet-maker, a trade in which he continued until his death. Early recognized as a singer, he became tenor in ...

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Leighton, Sir William (c. 1565–1622), poet and composer, of Plash Hall, Plaish, Shropshire, was the elder of two sons of William Leighton (d. 1607), chief justice of the Welsh marches, and Isabella, daughter of Thomas Onslowe. Besides his probable attendance at Shrewsbury School...

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MacKay, Iain Dall (1656?–1754), piper, composer, and bard, was born at Meikle Talladale, Loch Maree, in the parish of Gairloch, Wester Ross, the only child of Ruairidh MacKay (c.1590–1689), piper to MacKenzie of Gairloch. The name of his mother is unknown; she is said to have been a daughter of the ...

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Thorne, John (d. 1573), composer and poet, is of obscure origins; nothing is known about his parents or the place and date of his birth. From 1550 he resided in the York parish of St Michael-le-Belfry; he was wealthy and had lands at ...

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Tye, Christopher (c. 1505–1571x3), composer and poet, was probably born in East Anglia, where the name was quite common. Nothing is known of his parents or youth.

Suggestions that he was born about 1497 and was a chorister at King's College, Cambridge, in 1511 and 1512 cannot be verified (a choirboy ...

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Wydow, Robert (c. 1446–1505), poet and musician, was said by informants of John Leland to have received his initial education from his stepfather, the schoolmaster of Thaxted, in Essex, where he had been born. By 1455–6 he was a chorister of the chapel of ...