Dr. Archie Fairbairn Barnes was born in Bristol, Gloucestershire in 1878. He studied at Bristol Grammar School, the Royal College of Music as exhibitioner and Keble College, Oxford as organ scholars where he earned degrees in music. He became music master of Llandovery College (from 1903) and of Franborough School (1907-1914). He joined the army at the beginning of World War I and served with the British Expeditionary Force in France. After returning to civilian life he became headmaster of the Queen Victoria School in Dunblane, Scotland and later as the senior music master at Bishop’s Stortford College, Hertfordshire. He was also organist and choirmaster in several churches. He died in Paignton, Devon on June 6, 1960.
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