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date: 08 April 2020

Giles [Gyles], Nathaniellocked

  • J. Bunker Clark
  • , revised by Joseph Sargent


(b in or nr Worcester, c1558; d Windsor, Jan 24, 1634). English composer, organist, and choirmaster. He was likely the son of Walter Gyles, a weaver from Worcester, based on information from the surviving wills of both Walter and Nathaniel; Thomas Giles, vicar-choral at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, was apparently not related. Nathaniel was probably a pupil of John Colden (d 1581), Master of the Choristers at Worcester Cathedral from 1569 to 1581; he was a witness to Colden’s will, and a beneficiary. Giles succeeded Colden at the cathedral in 1580 and remained there until Michaelmas 1585, when he became Master of the Children, lay clerk, and one of the organists at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. On June 14, 1587, Giles married Anne Stainer [Stayner] at St Helen’s, Worcester. They had nine children – four sons and five daughters; one of their sons (also called Nathaniel, ...

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