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date: 17 October 2019

Cobb, Richard locked

  • Andrew Woolley


(b Swarraton, 1604; d ?Winchester, 1658). English leaseholder and possibly composer. It is unclear whether the individual who was the servant of William Laud (1573–1645), Archbishop of Canterbury, was also the composer Richard Cobb. Laud’s servant may have been a relative of the Chapel Royal organist John Cobb, who was a beneficiary in Laud’s will.

The biography of Laud’s servant is well documented on account of his social status. He was evidently the Richard Cobb baptized at Swarraton on 12 January 1604, who had an elder brother called Michael (b 1601): a Richard Cobb, deceased, together with a Michael Cobb, were in possession of land in Swarraton, Northington, and Micheldever, Hampshire, at the time of its sale to Sir Henry Powlett in 1662. An indenture mentions Richard Cobb (‘of Micheldover’) as one of several purchasers of lands worth £10,320 at Barton Farm and other locations in Hampshire in ...

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