of Salisbury (fl. c. 1600), composer of church music. I t is likely that Hawkins was right in supposing that there were two musicians named John Farrant who were working in the latter years of the 16th century, but the available evidence is insufficient to enable any definite conclusion to be reached on the point. One of this name was certainly organist of Salisbury Cathedral, 1598-1602, and it seems unlikely that he is to be identified w ith the John Farrant who was organist of Christ Church, Newgate, and was described by Adrian Batten (Tenbury MS. 791 fo. 310) as ' Mr. John Farrant of Christ Church in London,' for Batten's MS. was written c. 1638, and Farrant's cathedral appointments would almost certainly have been mentioned at that date rather than this minor one, unless it were to distinguish this composer from John of Salisbury. There was a John Farrant organist of Ely, 1567-72; and again of Hereford, 1592-93, when he was ' sconced for railing and contumelious speeches to Mr. Custos in the hall at supper-time ' (Havergal's Fasti Hereford ienses). John Farrant of Salisbury was the composer of the service in 1) minor described in the Durham books as ' Mr. Farrant 's short service in D sol re ' ; in the Peterhouse books it is variously called his ' second ' or ' short ' service, and it is attributed to John Farrant of Salisbury ; there is an early tex t of it also at York Minster and Wimborne. Besides the morning and evening canticles this service includes the Venite and, a very unusual feature at that date, the Jubilate in place of the Benedictus. The anthem ' O Lord Almighty ' (b.M. Harl. MS. 7340) is probably by this composer. E . H . F .