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Alline, Henry (1748–1784), evangelist and hymn writer, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, on 14 June 1748, the second son of William Alline and Rebecca Clark. His father, who was probably a miller, responded to the announcements of free land in Nova Scotia...

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Chelle, William (fl. 1524–1559), Church of England clergyman and musician, was born probably in the diocese of Worcester; he may be the William Chell who, a secular, was ordained acolyte on 21 May 1513 and subdeacon on 7 March 1516. Now a priest, he supplicated for the degree of BMus at ...

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Davies, Rowland (1740–1797), composer and Roman Catholic priest, was born on 9 May 1740 in London, son of Rowland Davies and his wife, Jane Nicholas. He was a pupil of George Frideric Handel, and is said to have played the organ at the coronation of ...

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Johnson, Robert (d. after 1549), priest and composer, was born in Duns, Berwickshire. According to an annotation in the partbooks that Thomas Wode, vicar of St Andrews, copied (c.1562–92), Johnson fled to England after being ‘deletit’, that is, delated, or summoned before an ecclesiastical court, on charges of heresy. During the reign of ...

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Sternhold [Sternall], Thomas (d. 1549), author of metrical psalm paraphrases, belonged to a family who probably had their origins in Gloucestershire, since Sternhold is an unusual name appearing mainly in that county, and Sternhold himself had a number of Gloucester connections later in life. However, ...

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Testwood, Robert (c. 1490–1543), musician and protestant martyr, is of unknown parentage. For seven years he was educated and trained in music as a boy chorister of the Chapel Royal of Henry VII. Thereafter he made his career in the profession of church music, as both singer and specialist choir-trainer in the elaborate polyphony of the period. He became master of the choristers successively at the collegiate church of ...

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Williams, Thomas (1760–1844), hymn writer, son of Richard and Margaret Williams, was born at Trerhedyn, in the parish of Pendeulwyn, Glamorgan. At a very early age he joined the Calvinistic Methodist society which met in the district. On 10 July 1790 he married ...