William Heather (or Heyther), composer and singer, was buried in the south transept of Westminster Abbey on 1st August 1627 but had no marker. During a commemoration service for him in the Abbey in 1926 a stone was unveiled, by Viscount Cave, near the monument to Heather's old friend William Camden. The inscription reads:
In memory of William Heather D.Mus. Born 1563 Died 1627: buried near this spot: singer of the Abbey Choir Gentleman of the Chapel Royal: founder of the music professorship at Oxford 1626: This stone is inscribed on the three hundredth anniversary May 11 1926 by the University of Oxford.
He was born around 1563 at Harmondsworth in Middlesex but his parentage is not known. (Possibly he was some relation of a William Heather who worked at Magdalen College Oxford as a music copyist.) He was a Lay Vicar (male singer) in the Abbey choir from 1586-1615 and a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal from 1615. At the Abbey he attended the funerals of Elizabeth I, James I and his queen Anne of Denmark and the coronation of Charles I. He lived in the Abbey Almonry but had lands in Bexley, Kent bequeathed to him by Camden. On 24th June 1589 he married Margery Fryer at St Margaret's Westminster. She was buried with him on 6th September 1635, having lived in their house at Chislehurst after his death. No children were mentioned in either of their wills. He made many charitable bequests.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004
Biographical Dictionary of English Court Musicians...vol.1 compiled by A. Ashbee and D. Lasocki, 1998