CUTTING, THOMAS [SSNE 7798]
Thomas Cutting(s) was an English lutenist in the employ of Christian IV's royal court at Copenhagen between from April 1608 to October 1610, earning 300 daler in salary. He succeeded John Dowland [SSNE 7794]. Another source claims that Cutting was in fact procured by Prince Henry in 1607 from lady Arabella Stuart "ostensibly for the service of his uncle, the King of Denmark, but in the event for his own service." (Matthew Spring, The Lute in Britain). Cutting gained permanent employment with William Cavendish, 1st earl of Devonshire in 1613, after he'd been released from service in the late Prince Henry's court. Thomas Cutting is usually taken to be related to Francis Cutting, one of the renowned English late-sixteenth/early-seventeenth century lutenists and composer.
Angul Hammerich, Musiken ved Christian den fjerdes Hof, (1892), p.40. Article by Daniel Fryklund at http://www.guitarandluteissues.com/fryk-II.htm#FN53REF, wherein he quotes M. Josef Zuth, Handbuch der Laute und Gitarre; Matthew Spring, The Lute in Britain: A History of the Instrument and its Music, Oxford University Press, 2001, pp.214, 216; Hannu Annala and Heiki Matlik, Handbook of Guitar and Lute Composers, p.25. See also John Ward, 'A Dowland Miscellany', Journal of the Lute Society of America, vol.X, 1977.