1631. Mus. Bac.—William Child, of Ch. Ch.
He was born at Bristol
about 1606, and educated under Elway Bevan, Organist of the
In 1630 he was appointed Lay Clerk and
Organist of St. George's, Windsor, in conjunction with
Nathaniel Giles, and in 1633 Organist of the Chapel Royal
During the Rebellion he retired to a small
farm, where he occupied himself with composition. On the
Restoration, he, together with Christopher Gibbons, Rogers,
and others, set about re-organising the Cathedral service.
He proceeded Mus. Doe. in 1663, and his exercise — an
anthem - was performed at St. Mary's Church. He was
Organist at St. George's, Windsor, Chamber Musician to
Charles II., and Chanter of the King's Chapel.
was at St. George's the salaries of the officers were very
much in arrears, and Child, not expecting ever to see his,
which amounted to some £500, said to one of the canons
that he would be glad to take £5 and some bottles of wine
for his arrears. The canons accepted this offer, and had
sealed articles drawn up confirming the bargain. When
James II. came to the throne, the arrears in the official
salaries were paid off; but Dr. Child had lost all claim,
owing to his bargain. The canons, however, released him,
on condition of his promising to pave the choir of the Chapel,
which he accordingly did, and it is recorded on his tomb-
He died March 23, 1696-7, at the age of ninety,
and was buried in St. George's Chapel. His compositions
are "The first set of Psalms for III voyces," 1639; "Divine
Anthems and other vocal compositions"; Catches in Hilton's
"Catch who catch can," and some Court Ayres. His Church music is in Smith's "Musica Antiqua," in various
Cathedrals, in the Tudway Collection, at the Fitzwilliam,
Peterhouse, Christ Church, and the Music School, Oxford.
Extract: A short historical account of the degrees in music at Oxford and Cambridge. (Williams, C. F. Abdy)