Wanless, John, English organist and composer; b. place and date unknown; d. York (buried), Feb. 2,1712. He was organist at the Lincoln Cathedral between 1616 and 1625. Only a few of his church works are extant, among them an anthem, Plead Thou My Cause. His son, Thomas Wanless (d. 1721), was organist of York Minster from 1691 to 1695. He publ. a psalter, The Metre Psalm-tunes, in 4 parts (London, 1702) and composed York Litany.
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