Tomkins, Thomas (b St David's, 1572 - d Martin Hussingtree, buried 9 June, 1656)
Tomkins came from a musical family, although he claimed Byrd as his teacher. He divided his time between Worcester Cathedral, where he was the organist from 1596, and London, where he became a Gentleman in Ordinary of the Chapel Royal by 1620, assistant organist from 1621, and senior organist in 1625. Also in 1625 he wrote music the coronation of Charles I. In 1654 he left Worcester.

As a prolific and respected successor of Byrd, he composed church music including over 100 anthems (Musica Deo sacra, 1668), madrigals (1622, amongst which When David heard), over fifty keyboard pieces, and a few highly original fantasias, pavans and galliards for viol consort.