IRELAND, John Nicholson. b. Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire, 13 August 1879; d. Washington, Sussex, 12 June 1962. The youngest child of Alexander Ireland, a writer and publisher, and his second wife, Anne Elizabeth Ireland (née Nicholson), his schooling was erratic and unhappy. After two terms at Leeds Grammar School, he entered the Royal College of Music in September 1893 at the age of only fourteen. His mother died within a week of his studentship and his father died in 1894, leaving him orphaned and in the charge of a guardian. At the college, which effectively looked out for his welfare, he studied the piano with Frederic Cliff and the organ with Walter Parratt.* From 1897 he...
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