Born: 1700, Dunchurch, Warwickshire, England.
Baptized: November 6, 1706.
Died: October 7, 1783, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, England.
Buried: St. Neots priory, Cambridgeshire, England.
William was the son of a laborer. The parish register gives his name as
Around 30 years of age he made Ewell, near Epsom, his home, publishing his Melody of the Heart there.
He taught psalmody in a number of places, including Barnes, Cambridge, Stamford, Boston (England) and Leicester.
He subsequently settled down and became a bookseller at St. Neots.
Tans’ur wrote some 100 psalm and hymn tunes, anthems, a Te Deum, and other material.
Tans’ur’s Bangor was a popular tune in Scotland for many years, and is mentioned in Robert Burns’ poem The Ordination:
Mak haste an’ turn King David owre,
An lilt wi’ holy clangor;
O’ double verse come gie us four,
An’ skirl up the Bangor.