1696–1755
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Au­gust 12, 1696, Lon­don, Eng­land.

De­cem­ber 1, 1755, Eng­land.

Originally at St. Olave’s, Old Jewry. On the demolition of St. Olave’s, his remains were moved to St. Paul’s Ca­thed­ral and placed in Boyce’s grave, May 18, 1888.

Maurice was the son of Tho­mas Greene, Vicar of the united parishes of St. Ol­ave’s, Old Jew­ry and St. Mar­tin, Iron­mon­ger Lane (or Pom­ary), and grandson of John Greene, Recorder of Lon­don.

He was a cho­ris­ter at St. Paul’s Ca­thed­ral, and later played the organ there, at St. Dun­stan’s in the West, Fleet Street (1716), and at St. Andrew’s, Hol­born (1717), St. Paul’s (1718) and served as composer for the Chapel Royal (1727). He was made Master of the King’s Band in 1735. He was associated with Mi­chael Fest­ing in the foundation of the Royal Society of Musicians.

Greene seems to have been a man of attractive and courteous manners, and a great favourite in society, notwithstanding the fact that he was physically deformed. Upon the death of an uncle—Sergeant Greene—he became possessed of a large estate in Es­sex, called Bois Hall, where it is said that he spent the greater part of his later years.

West, p. 72

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