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Latham & Matthews on Thomas Blagrave
AGE: Born about 1613, he died at about the age of 75 in 1688. In early 1659/60, Blagrave would have been about 47 years old.
CAREER: A violinist and composer, he became a royal musician in 1638, playing for Charles I's "Sagbutts and hautboyes," then for Cromwell (at least in 1658), and then for Charles II as of 1660. Also on his resume:
--clerk of the cheque, Chapel Royal, 1662;
--master of the choristers, Westminster Abbey, 1664.
OTHER: He lived in Westminster, was married and had a pew in Whitehall Chapel. He also sang and played the flageolet -- and almost certainly the lute Pepys redeemed from him on 18 March 1660.
-- L&M Vols. 10 (Companion), 11 (Index)