|Short Name:||William Byrd|
|Full Name:||Byrd, William, 1539 or 1540-1623|
|Birth Year (est.):||1538|
Byrd, William, one of the "Gentlemen of the Queen's honourable Chappell," son of Thomas Byrd, was born circa 1538, and died in London, July 4, 1623. He was a chorister in St. Paul's Cathedral; Organist of Lincoln Cathedral, 1563-1569; and Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, 1569. He was the composer of several well-known anthems.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)