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Descendants of NIcholas Lanier (1540-1611/12)

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Nicholas Lanier the Elder was a French musician who played the flute and the cornett. He was born in Rouen, France, and died in England. He served as a court musician to King Henry II of France in France. He was 'was born Abt. 1540 in Rouen, France and died Jan. 28, 1611/12 in Rochester, E. Greenwich, England. Rochester is a town and former city in Kent, England.

Project photo Nicholas Lanier, (1588 – 1666) was an English composer and musician; the first to hold the title of Master of the King's Music. He was the son of John Lanier, who was the son of Nicholas Lanier the Elder, court musician to the French King Henry II of France.

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To build a single, validated and documented shared family tree for the Lanier family, from earliest origins to near modern times.


The Lanier were Protestants and left France to escape abuse and exploitation. They were Huguenots to London, and the records of the Huguenot Society of London have them well-recorded. Having been naturalized Englishmen for three generations, they are Huguenots to London, rather than Huguenots to America. LANIER descendants are eligible for Huguenot Society membership.

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