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Clagget, Charles (1740?c. 1795), musician and inventor of improvements for musical instruments, was born in Waterford, Ireland, probably in 1740. This date of birth was preferred by The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, but Edmund van der Straeten believed he was born about 1755. Part of the reason for the dearth of accurate biographical information may be confusion with his brother ...

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William Herschel (1738–1822) by Lemuel Francis Abbott, 1785 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Herschel, William (1738–1822), musician and astronomer, was born at Hanover on 15 November 1738, and baptized Friedrich Wilhelm. He was the fourth of the ten children (and the third of six to survive infancy) of Isaac Herschel (1707–1767), a former gardener who was then an oboist in the ...

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Mell, Davis (1604–1662), violinist and clockmaker, was born on 15 November 1604 at Wilton near Salisbury, where his father, Leonard Mell (d. 1641), was in the employ of William Herbert, third earl of Pembroke. Although not appointed to a place in the court musical establishment until late in 1626, ...

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Pole, William (1814–1900), engineer, musician, and authority on whist, was born on 22 April 1814 at Birmingham, the fourth son of Thomas Pole. He was educated at Mr Guy's private school in the city before being apprenticed in 1829 to Charles H. Capper...