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 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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