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Allan [Allen], James [Jimmy] (1734–1810), Northumbrian piper and rogue, was born at Hepple, Northumberland, probably in March 1734, and baptized at Rothbury, Northumberland, on 21 April 1734, the son of William Allan or Allen, also known as Wull Faa, a noted vermin hunter and performer on the Northumbrian small pipes. ...

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Campbell, Archibald (1877–1963), editor of highland bagpipe music and lawyer, was born on 18 January 1877, the youngest among the three sons of John Campbell, laird of Kilberry in Argyll. He was educated at Harrow School and Pembroke College, Cambridge. After entering the ...

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Cú Chuimne (d. 747), canonist and hymn writer, is associated with Columba's monastery of Iona in a colophon found in the Paris manuscript Bibliothèque Nationale, MS Lat. 12021. His date of birth is unknown but his obit is recorded in 747 in the annals of ...

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Forrest, Theodosius (c. 1728–1784), lawyer and songwriter, was born in London, the son of Ebenezer Forrest (bap. 1700, d. 1793), the writer of the opera Momus Turn'd Fabulist and a friend of William Hogarth and the impresario John Rich, and his wife, Theodosia...

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Hawkins, Sir John (1719–1789), music scholar and lawyer, was born on 29 March 1719 at Green Dragon Court, Cow Lane, London, the only surviving son of John Hawkins (1691–1771) and his wife, Elizabeth (bap. 1686, d. 1760), daughter of Thomas Gwatkin of ...

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Hopkinson, Francis (1737–1791), musician, jurist, and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 2 October 1737 in Philadelphia and baptized at Christ Church, son of Thomas Hopkinson (1709–1751), lawyer, and his wife, Mary Johnson (1718–1804), both recent émigrés from England. He was among the first generation of native-born Americans trained to cultivate the arts and sciences on their own soil. Most were gentlemen amateurs who dabbled in many arts and mastered none. ...

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Hunnis, William (d. 1597), musician and conspirator, is of unknown parentage. In his Certayne Psalmes Chosen out of the Psalter of David, published in 1550, he states he was servant to William Herbert, earl of Pembroke. By 1552 he was a gentleman of the ...

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MacPherson, James (c. 1675–1700), thief and reputed musician, is said to have been an illegitimate son of the family of Invershie, Inverness-shire. He was described as 'the son of a gentleman … [and] a gipsy mother', who became 'the leader of one of the gangs of cattle-lifters which roamed over the Province of ...

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Ray, Martha (1742?–1779), singer and murder victim, was born near Covent Garden, London, probably in 1742, though some sources suggest 1745. When she was about fourteen her father, a stay maker, apprenticed her for five years to Mrs Sarah Silver, a maker of mantuas (cloaks) in ...

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Martha Ray (1742?–1779) by Nathaniel Dance, 1777 Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)

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Squires, Edna May [Dorothy] (1915–1998), popular singer and litigant, was born on 25 March 1915 in a travelling van at Bridge Shop field, Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire, to Archibald James Squires, a steelworker, and his wife, Emily, née Rickards. She grew up in Dafan and made her first public appearance as the singer at the ...

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Thompson, Leslie Anthony Joseph (1901–1987), musician and prison worker, was born on 17 October 1901 at the Lying-in Hospital, Kingston, Jamaica, one of the five children, two sons and three daughters, of Emmanuel Thompson and his wife, Charlotte (d. 1935). When his mother went to work in ...

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Weatherly, Frederic Edward (1848–1929), songwriter and barrister, was born on 4 October 1848 at 7 Woodhill, Portishead, near Bristol, the eldest son in the large family of Frederick Weatherly (1820–1910), a country doctor, and his wife, Julia Maria, née Ford (1823–1898). He was educated at ...