Thomas Giles (2)

(? - 1617)

English musician. Appointed dancing master to Prince Henry by patent dated 23 December 1605, receiving a salary of 100 marks per annum plus 50 pounds per annum for diet. He choreographed the dances for Ben Jonson's masque Hymenai, performed on January 5, 1606, and was praised by Jonson in the printed text. He subsequently performed in Jonson's Masque of Beauty (1608) while also choreographing the dances, and choreographed Jonson's Haddington Masque (1608), Masque of Queens (1609), and Oberon (1611), and for Campion's Lord's Masque (1613). He made his will on 1 September 1617, and it was proved on 5 September.

IVM: England Through 1635