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Dodd, Thomas (d. 1834), musical instrument maker and music-seller, was the third son of Edward Dodd (1704/5?–1810), bow maker. His family moved from Sheffield to London and he was originally apprenticed to a firm of brewers. From 1786 to 1789 he worked as a bow maker in ...

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Forster, William (1739–1808), musical instrument maker and publisher, was born at Brampton, Cumberland, the son of a spinning-wheel maker and repairer and maker of violins. He made his way southward as a cattle-drover and reached London in 1759. At home he had been carefully taught music and the making of instruments, and the violins with which he subsequently supplied the ...

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Glen, David (1853–1916), bagpipe maker and publisher of highland bagpipe music, was born on 3 April 1853 at 30 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, one of the nine children of Alexander Glen (1801–1873), bagpipe maker, and his second wife, Ann Marshall (b. c...

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MacDonald, Donald (1766/7–1840), bagpipe maker and music publisher, was born at Glenhinisdale, Skye. He was a piper in the 2nd battalion Caithness fencible regiment from 1795 to about 1802, and pipe major in the Argyllshire militia from about 1811 to 1817. By 1806 he was a bagpipe maker in ...

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Smart, George (1750/51?–1818?), musical instrument maker and music publisher, was possibly born in London. He attained proficiency on the violin, double bass, and clarinet. Evidently a gifted musician, he was possibly the Smart who appears on the records of Covent Garden as early as 22 September 1760 as a band member earning ...

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Walsh, John (1665/6–1736), music publisher and musical instrument maker, was probably of Irish ancestry. He appears to have been established in London in the early 1690s, and on 24 June 1692 was made musical instrument-maker-in-ordinary to William III, succeeding John Shaw in that post. He married ...