BETWEEN 1609 and 1619, during his confinement in the Fleet Prison, in London, Francis Tregian the younger, a Cornish Roman Catholic recusant, has hitherto been thought to have compiled an important group of music anthologies. These comprise the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book: Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum Mus. MS. 168; British Library, Egerton MS. 3665; New York Public Library, Drexel MS. 4302; and the second part of Oxford, Christ Church, Mus. MSS. 510-514. This attribution was derived from references to members of the Tregian family which appear in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, and from the presence of compositions attributed to Francis Tregian in that manuscript and in Eg. 3665.
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