(b London, c. 1660; d London, 1717). Eng. organist and composer, brother of the great Henry Purcell. Org., Magdalen Coll., Oxford, 1688–95, St Andrew's, Holborn, 1713–17. In 1695 succeeded his brother as composer of incidental mus. for plays and wrote mus. for final masque of Henry Purcell's The Indian Queen. Prolific writer of other works.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.