1730–1803
Jackson of Exeter
portrait

May 29, 1730, Ex­e­ter, De­von, Eng­land.

Ju­ly 5, 1803, Ex­e­ter, De­von, Eng­land.

William was the son of the son of an Ex­e­ter groc­er, who lat­er be­came mas­ter of the ci­ty work­house.

After re­ceiv­ing some mu­sic­al in­struc­tion from John Sil­ves­ter, or­gan­ist of Exeter Ca­thed­ral, Jack­son was sent in 1748 to Lon­don, to stu­dy un­der John Tra­vers, or­gan­ist at the Cha­pel Roy­al and at St. Paul’s, Cov­ent Gar­den.

On re­turn­ing to Ex­e­ter, Jack­son de­vot­ed hims­elf to teach­ing mu­sic un­til Mi­chael­mas 1777, when he was ap­point­ed sub­chant­er, or­gan­ist, lay vi­car, and mas­ter of chor­is­ters at Ex­e­ter Ca­thed­ral, suc­ceed­ing Ri­chard Lang­don.

Jackson com­posed a large num­ber of ma­dri­gals, pas­tor­als, hymns, an­thems, so­na­tas for harp­si­chord, and church ser­vices. His oth­er works in­clude:

  1. Banham
  2. Clarendon
  3. Deus Mi­se­re­a­tur
  4. El Ca­jon
  5. Exeter
  6. Launceston
  7. Star of the East
  8. Te De­um Lau­da­mus

Jackson’s bu­ri­al place