Mainwaring, John, English churchman and writer on music; b. Drayton Manor, Staffordshire, c. 1724; d. Church Stretton, April 15, 1807. He was educated at St. John’s Coll., Cambridge. After being ordained in 1748, in 1749 he became rector of Church Stretton, Shropshire and was a Fellow of St. John’s Coll. from 1748 to 1788. He then became Lady Margaret Prof. of Divinity at Cambridge Univ. His biography of Handel, which utilized material provided by John Christopher Smith, appeared under the title Memoirs of the Life of the Late George Frederic Handel (London, 1760); a portion of the biography was written by Robert Price; it was tr. into German by J. Mattheson (Hamburg, 1761).
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