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date: 15 October 2019

Tomkins familylocked

  • Peter Le Huray,
  • John Irving
  •  and Kerry McCarthy


British family of church musicians and composers.

(b St Davids, Pembrokeshire, 1572; d Martin Hussingtree, Worcestershire., bur. June 9, 1656). He was a son of the elder Thomas Tomkins, a vicar-choral of St Davids Cathedral at least as early as 12 July 1571, who became organist and master of the choristers there in 1577. The younger Thomas, the well-known composer, was the last of three children born to his father’s first wife Margaret Pore. Three other musicians – (2) John Tomkins, (3) Giles Tomkins, and (4) Robert Tomkins – were the product of the elder Thomas’s second marriage, to Anne Hargest.

Little is known of Tomkins’s early musical education. Presumably he gained his knowledge of the rudiments under his father’s tutelage at St Davids. His family was in Gloucester by 1594, when his father became a minor canon (and later precentor) of the cathedral there. The younger Tomkins was appointed organist of Worcester Cathedral in ...

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