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James Paisible (1656 - 1721)

James Paisible
Born in Francemap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
[children unknown]
Died at about age 65 in Westminster, London, Englandmap
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Birth: 1656 Death: 1721

Composer and musician, born in France. He came to England in 1673, playing the oboe and recorder in the John Crowne masque 'Calisto' in '75. Two years later he wrote a ballet, 'Rare En Tout' for the Court, and later received a Court appointment which was kept discreet due to anti-Catholic sentiment. Only when the Catholic James II succeeded to the throne did he openly receive an appointment of Court Musician. He also arranged musical activites for the Duchess of Mazarin at her Chelsea home, and married the actress mary 'Moll' Davis, an old mistress of Charles II. The playwright and wit George Etherege wrote, 'Mrs Davies has given proof of the great passion she always had for music, and Monsieur Peasible has another bass to thrum than that he played so well upon'. When James II fled to France in 1688, Paisible accompanied him, and five years passed before he and his wife returned to England. He was appointed Composer to Prince George of Denmark, the consort of Princess Anne, and after Anne's accession wrote her annual birthday dance. Upon George's death he received a court annuity. He also wrote musical pieces to be performed in the various plays that were being performed at the London theatres, his talents as a musician bringing him much acclaim. In 1713 he movd to the parish of St Martin In The Field, and died there seven years later.

Burial: St Martin-in-the-Fields Churchyard Westminster City of Westminster Greater London, England Plot: churchyard, unmarked

Created by: Mark McManus Record added: Feb 10, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 17875321


"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), James Paisible, ; Burial, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England, St Martin-in-the-Fields Churchyard; citing record ID 17875321, Find a Grave,

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