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bishop of Canterbury. Lookup had previously shocked the archbishop by his ‘incorrect sentiments’ on the doctrine of the Trinity. His translation is frequently felicitous, and shows him to have possessed a creditable knowledge of Hebrew.

[Lookup's Works; Allibone's Dict. of Authors.]

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LOOSEMORE, HENRY (1600?–1670), organist and composer, was born about 1600 in Devonshire. He was a chorister, and afterwards lay clerk, in one of the Cambridge College chapels (Grove), and graduated Mus. Bac. in 1640 (Cole, Athenæ). He was at one time organist of King's College. From about 1652 to 1660 Loosemore seems to have been resident organist and teacher of music at Kirtling, Cambridgeshire, where the grandchildren of Dudley, third baron North, then resided (cf. Jessopp, Introduction to Autobiography of Roger North, p. vi.) In 1660 he became organist of Exeter Cathedral. He died in 1670 suddenly, according to Wood, in a priory house abroad.

Two of Loosemore's Latin litanies (G minor and D minor) are printed in the second volume of Jebb's ‘Choral Responses.’ The compiler draws attention to the fact that services were occasionally performed in Latin at Peterhouse, Cambridge, before the rebellion, and surmises that these litanies were written for King's. Loosemore's English litany, in D minor, is essentially the same as the Latin in the same key. It was scored by Jebb from the manuscript organ copy in Ely Cathedral, and printed in vol. i. of ‘Choral Responses,’ without the ‘desk’ part, which has only lately been discovered at Ely.

In manuscript are: 1. Anthem, a 4, ‘Put me not to rebuke,’ at Ely. 2. Whole service in D minor, a 4, 5, and 6, at Ely, and in Tudway's ‘Collection,’ vols. i. and ii. (Harl. MSS. 7337 and 7338). 3. Anthem in G minor, a 2, with chorus a 4, ‘O, that mine eyes,’ at Ely, and in Flackton's ‘Collection,’ No. 92 (Brit. Mus. Add. MSS. 30932); the same duet, without chorus, is copied in A minor in Novello's ‘Collection’ (ib. 33234). At Ely Cathedral, more or less complete, are also 4. Anthem, ‘O God, my heart is ready’ (organ part); ‘Praise the Lord, O my soul’ (tenor part); ‘Tell the daughter of Zion;’ and ‘Unto Thee I lift up.’ At Peterhouse, Cambridge, are manuscripts of the above anthems, apparently in the author's autograph. Clifford's ‘Divine Services’ includes other anthems by Loosemore: ‘O, sing unto the Lord,’ ‘The Lord hath done,’ ‘Give the King Thy Judgments,’ ‘To Jesus Christ.’

Loosemore's son, George Loosemore (fl. 1660), organist and composer, was under his father as a chorister at King's College, Cambridge (Grove). In 1660 he was appointed organist to Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 1665 he graduated doctor of music (Grad. Cant.) In 1660 he also appears to have succeeded his father as organist at Kirtling, assisting John Jenkins [q. v.] in his teaching of Baron North's family until 1666. His anthem ‘Glory be to God,’ G minor, is in vol. iii. of Tudway's ‘Collection’ (Harl. MSS. 7339); the organ part of ‘Hear my crying’ is in manuscript in Ely Cathedral Library.

[See authorities under John Loosemore.]

L. M. M.

LOOSEMORE, JOHN (1613?–1681), organ-builder, brother of Henry Loosemore [q. v.], was born at Bishop's Nympton, Devonshire (Lysons, Magna Brit. vol. vi. pt. ii. p. 368), or, according to other authorities, at Exeter, about 1613. He was singer or lay clerk at Exeter Cathedral (Hawkins). In November 1660 he was paid 5l. by the chapter towards ‘the making of a sett of pipes to’ the temporary organ used in the cathedral until the new one was built; the old instrument had been broken by the rebels (Worth, Exeter Cathedral and its Restoration, 1878). Loosemore was sent at the expense of the chapter, 1663, to examine Harris's organ in Salisbury Cathedral, ‘the better to inform himself to make the new organ’ at Exeter, and in 1664 he visited London ‘about the church's business.’ In May 1665 the temporary organ in Exeter Cathedral was taken down, and may have been moved to the choristers' singing school attached to the cathedral (cf. Rimbault). Loosemore seems to have designed the case of the famous instrument, with its great double diapason and largest organ-pipe in England, that took its place (cf. Grove, ii. 592; Rimbault, History of the Organ, p. 62; Roger North, Life of the Lord Keeper). The greater part of the case still exists, but practically nothing remains of the mechanism except three or four dozen pipes (Worth; Hill, Organ Cases, p. 238; and Society of Antiquaries' Account of Exeter Cathedral, plate v.) Loosemore's autograph note of ‘what the organ cost’ gives 847l. 7s. 10d. as the total sum, owing to ‘not bying tinne in seson.’ Among other organs built by Loosemore was one for Sir George Trevilyan (Rimbault), the original document respecting which is still extant. Loosemore was also a maker of virginals, and, like other makers of his time, used boxwood for naturals in the keyboards. He died on 8 April 1681, aged 68. His epitaph on a gravestone in the transept of Exeter Cathedral, with that of