Dave, thanks for that.Beautiful!
This is my interet. As you say Chris the long 's' is similar to the capital 'L' in latin script. Tallis wrote his name in capital letters but somewhere along the line, those letters could have been mis-understood. Tallis was a Dover Priory a Banedicitine Abbey before the Dissolution. After that he seemed to be in various places but according to one..
" Even if he had desired to make another career move, the opportunities for doing so were shortly to become extremely limited because of the wholesale disbanding of church choirs that occurred during the reign of Edward VI (1547-53). Tallis may well have served as organist of the chapel throughout his membership of it, although he was not given this title until the 1570s"
So there are blanks in his career which are so far not known.
Bishop Bird.. originally a Carmelite had much to do with the Royal household as stated in my previous post. He had been instructed to bring a photo from Ann of Cleves, as the King had not set eyes on her. He had been Bishop of Bangor and Penrith. He had been married and surely must have had children.
Thomas Mulliner also may have had children who held his MS. It was supposedly written during the reign of Henry VIII but Mulliner died before the MS came to light ,so he may have had a son by the same name.
I just think it's all a bit coincidental that three people of connecting important names, turned up in one Church during the same period in History
. Followed by Wm. Byrde who supposedly came from a father named Thomas of no importance. He could have been taken there as one of John Bird's children,as John went to Essex when he got rid of his wife but Wm. obviously had a great knowledge of church music and must have had connections to have been in Chapel Royal. His two brothers were choristers at St. Paul's Cathedral, and Wm. Byrd may have been a chorister there as well under Simon Westcote, although it is possible that he was a chorister with the Chapel Royal.
Much information is unknown about these two characters and I wonder if!!
What do you or anyone else think.....could it be that Bishop Bird took pity on Thomas Tallis and brought him here to escape something, he in turn looked after Bishop John Bird's son whom as a child could have been brought up by a relative of Bishop John Bird? I was prepared to drop it but then Thomas Mulliner (of Mullineux) appeared which sent me off on another mission.
Note the pictures of two different people, one Byrd and one Tallis??
I could go on for hours.Sorry if I'm boring you.