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William Byrd
(1539 - 1623)

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1543 Born, unknown date, probably in Lincolnshire
1563 Appointed organist of Lincoln Cathedral
1568 Married Juliana Birley
1569 Appointed to the prestigious post of "Gentleman of Her Maigesties Chappell", Royal Chapel of Queen Elizabeth, with Tallis
1570 Appointed chorister in the Chapel Royal
1574 Together with Tallis, granted an exclusive licence for printing and selling of music.
1575 Received the title of Organist of the Chapel Royal without being obliged to perform the functions of that office
1593 Following Juliana's death, Byrd retired at the age of fifty to a home at Stondon Place near Stapleford-Abbott, Essex
1623 Died 4 July, Stondon
~1578 Moved with wife Juliana to Harlington, Middlesex
~1581 Wife accused of not attending church services, house searched, and Byrd is fined for religious beliefs
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