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date: 14 October 2019

Westcote [Westcott], Sebastian locked

  • Roger Bowers


(b Chumleigh, Devon, c1520; d London, 3–14 April 1582). English church musician and theatrical impresario . He signed his name ‘Westcote’. In his will he gave ‘Chimley in the countie of Devon’ as his birthplace; however, as a Catholic layman he cannot be identified with the stipendiary priest of that name recorded at Chumleigh in about 1541. It is possible that he may have been the Sebastian Westcote who appears as a yeoman of the king’s chamber in Henry VIII’s household in 1545. In October 1547 he appears for certain as one of the six lay vicars-choral of St Paul’s Cathedral, London; by Christmas 1548 he had achieved, in addition, appointment as Master of the Choristers, an office in which he had probably served since the death of John Redford in autumn 1547. Throughout his life he remained a stout adherent to traditional religious belief and it was not until ...

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