Lupo family [de Milano, de Almaliach]
- Peter Holman
[de Milano, de Almaliach]
Family of string players, active in Italy and then England. They were Sephardi Jews, and it is likely that they were expelled from Spain in 1492 and subsequently settled in Milan and Venice. Three individuals ‘de Milano’, Ambrosio, Romano and Alexandro, were among the six string players recruited in Venice for the English court in 1539–40. Romano died in 1542, when the group returned briefly to Italy, and Alexander disappears from records in 1544. Ambrosio or Ambrose, however, remained and founded a dynasty whose members served in the court violin consort up to the Civil War. In addition to those discussed separately below there were Horatio (bap. London, 5 Nov 1583; bur. London, 23 Oct 1626), son of (3) Joseph and brother of (4) Thomas (i); and Thomas (ii) (bap. London, 7 June 1577; d 1647–60), son of (2) Peter. It is not yet clear how several other musical Lupos were related to them. Francis Franz[oon] Lupo founded an instrument making dynasty in Amsterdam that included his son Pieter and the Kleynman family of violin makers, while Andrew Lupo stated he was a musician of St Giles Cripplegate, London when he made his will on ...