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:
Jackson’s burial place