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Armstrong [née Cobbe], Lucie (1851–1907), musician and writer on etiquette, was the daughter of Major Charles Henry Cobbe and granddaughter of General George Cobbe (b. 1782), who was descended on the paternal side from Charles Cobbe (1687–1765), archbishop of Dublin (1742–3). She was the second cousin of ...

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Bolan, Marc [real name Mark Feld] (1947–1977), musician and poet, was born on 30 September 1947 in Hackney, London, the second child of Simeon Feld, cosmetics salesman (1920–1991), and his wife, Phyllis Winifred, née Atkins (1927–1991). The energy of 1950s rock'n'roll captivated the young ...

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Marc Bolan (1947–1977) by Keith Morris, 1972 © Keith Morris; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Corrigan, Kathleen [name in religion Felicitas Corrigan] (1908–2003), nun, writer, and church musician, was born on 6 March 1908 at 16 Gurnall Street, Everton, Liverpool, the second of eight surviving children of Joseph Corrigan, a 'private coachman' or taxi driver of Irish extraction, and his wife, ...

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Cumming, Barbara Theresa [name in religion Hildelith Cumming] (1909–1991), nun, printer, and musician, was born on 15 December 1909 at 61 Thurleigh Road, Battersea, the third daughter of Frederick Mann Cumming (1869–1931), a civil engineer's assistant, and his wife, Emma Georgiana Love (1868–1935)...

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Flackton, William (bap. 1709, d. 1798), bookseller and musician, was born in Canterbury and baptized on 27 March 1709 in the parish of St Alphege there, the eldest surviving son of John Flackton (bap. 1679) and his wife, Catharine Sharp, who married in 1702. ...

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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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Gerard Hoffnung (1925–1959) by Peter Keen, late 1950s © Peter Keen; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hoffnung, Gerard [formerly Gerhardt] (1925–1959), cartoonist and musical humorist, was born in Grünewald, Berlin, on 22 March 1925, the only child of German-Jewish parents, Ludwig Hoffnung, a wealthy grain merchant, and his wife, Hilde, a widow, whose first husband, Schnabel, was killed in the First World War. His mother was a keen amateur musician and artist who encouraged his artistic talents. From his earliest years he was interested in the macabre—fairy tales, practical jokes, and the comic drawings of the famous German illustrators and caricaturists....

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Hudson, Robert (d. 1596), poet and musician, was associated with the court of King James VI of Scotland, and a musician of James's Chapel Royal. At the formation of 'the kingis hous' on 10 March 1568, Hudson was listed as one of the '...

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Ellsworth McGranahan Keane (1927–1997) by Val Wilmer, 1963 [[Left to right] Joseph Harriott (1928-1973) and , playing the flugelhorn and trumpet] Val Wilmer Collection

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Keane, Ellsworth McGranahan [Shake] (1927–1997), jazz musician and poet, was born on 30 May 1927 in Kingstown, St Vincent, the third son and sixth child among the seven children of Charles E. Keane (d. c.1940/41), a policeman and waterworks mechanic, and his wife, ...

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Lewis, Sir Anthony Carey (1915–1983), musician and founder of Musica Britannica, was born on 2 March 1915 in Bermuda, the youngest of the three sons (there was no daughter) of Major (later Colonel) Leonard Carey Lewis (1880–1952) of the Lincolnshire regiment and Royal Army Ordnance Corps...

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Mac Cába, Cathaoir (fl. 1728–1739), poet and harper, was born at Cloghballybeg in the parish of Mullagh, co. Cavan. Throughout his life he was the intimate friend of the celebrated harper Turlogh O'Carolan (Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin; 1670–1738), who addressed two poems to him, one of them on hearing a report of his death—the report, which was false, originated as a practical joke played on ...

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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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Mackenna [McCannadh], Nial (fl. 1700), Irish-language poet and harpist, was born in the Fews, co. Armagh, Ireland. He afterwards settled in Mullaghcrew, co. Louth, where he wrote poems and songs. He was the author of the words (the music being far older) of a song well known throughout the north of ...

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Macpherson, Lachlan [Lachlann Mac a' Phearsain; called Fear Shrath-Mhathaisidh] (b. c. 1723, d. in or before 1780), Gaelic poet and musician, was the only son of John Macpherson (d. 1784?), tacksman, and his wife, Jean, daughter of Lachlan Mackintosh of Macintosh. He was the tacksman of ...

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Manson, (Thomas) Mortimer Yule (1904–1996), journalist and musician, was born on 9 February 1904 at Lerwick, Shetland, the third son and fourth and youngest child of Thomas Manson (1859–1941), a journalist, printer, and musician, and his wife, Margaret, née Cruttwell (1865–1954), a piano teacher and choral singer. Both parents were important influences on ...