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Clark, Thomas (bap. 1775, d. 1859), composer, was baptized on 5 February 1775 at St Peter's, Canterbury, the son of William Clark (b. 1745/6?) and his wife, Mary Quested (1738?–1794). They lived at 35 St Georges Street, Canterbury, where William, a cordwainer, made and sold boots. ...

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Leach, James (bap. 1761, d. 1798), composer, was stated to have been born at Wardle, near Rochdale, in 1762. Circumstantial evidence, however, suggests that he was probably the son of James Leach and Betty Clegg of Townhead, Rochdale, and that he was baptized there on 25 December 1761. He was a handloom weaver like his father, and studied music in his spare time before teaching and directing choirs professionally. Earlier biographers, beginning with ...

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Mather, Joseph (1737–1804), file cutter and songwriter, was born either at Chelmorton, Derbyshire, or in Cack Alley, Sheffield. Nothing is known of his parentage or early life but after serving an eight-year apprenticeship (1751–9) Mather became a journeyman file cutter (otherwise known as file hewer) in the ...

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Olivers, Thomas (bap. 1725, d. 1799), Methodist preacher and hymn writer, was the son of Thomas Olivers (d. 1729) and his wife, Penelope (d. 1730). The parish register of Tregynon, Montgomeryshire, shows that he was baptized on 8 September 1725. After his father and his mother died, he was entrusted to the care of a great-uncle, who, however, did not long survive ...

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Swift, Edwin (1843–1904), brass-band conductor, was born at Spring Street, Upper Clough, Linthwaite, near Huddersfield, on 14 May 1843, the son of Joseph Swift, a handloom weaver, and his wife, Hannah, née Quarmby, the widow of a Mr Baxter. He was one of the three great brass-band conductors and trainers of the nineteenth century (the other two being ...