Born: June 6, 1840, London, England.
Died: March 31, 1901, Verona, Italy.
Buried: St. Cross Church, Holywell, Oxford, England.
John was the husband of Eliza C. (Sissey) Randall (married 1865), and (possibly) the father of C. L. Stainer.
Blinded in one eye by a childhood accident, he served as chorister at St. Paul’s, and organist at St. Michael’s College, Tenbury, and Christ Church, Oxford.
He founded the Oxford Philharmonic Society in 1866, was knighted in 1888, and became a professor of music at Oxford in 1889.