The Regal stop (used here) was often found on small organs in sixteenth-century England. Several such instruments were listed on the inventory of Henry VIII’s instruments in 1547, for example the ‘faire Instrument being Regalles and Virgynalles’ that was in the ‘Kinges privey Chambre’. Such instruments were sometimes described as having a ‘stoppe of timbre pipes’. The instrument continued to be popular throughout the sixteenth century. William Treasorer, for example, was ‘Regall maker’ to both Edward VI and Elizabeth I.
from notes by Davitt Moroney © 1999