Samuel Wesley (III)

WESLEY, Samuel (III). b. Bristol, 24 February 1766; d. 11 October 1837. He was the younger son of Charles Wesley*, the nephew of John Wesley*, the brother of Charles Wesley (II)*, and the father of Samuel Sebastian Wesley*. He converted to Roman Catholicism in 1784, and although he did not remain for long an observant Roman Catholic, he retained a love of, and fascination with, Roman Catholic church music and ritual for the rest of his life. For many years he was involved with the music of the Portuguese Embassy chapel in London under its director of music Vincent Novello*, and his most significant church music compositions were for the Roman rite. Despite repeated applications, Wesley...

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