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I do know his address which was 118 East Street Walworth Surrey.
His son James Gillegin was a member of the London philharmonic orchestra.
Another son William junior was apparently a professional piano player and was definitley a piano teacher.
His daughter Amelia Gillegin (married name Biggs) was a trader of pianos.
There is a strong musical link,and this may indicate that he had his own business but that is only speculation and not fact.
I thank for you interest and any information you have. I was not aware of the website you mention and will look it up after this message.
Best wishes Tony
William Gillegin was my ggg grandfather. The references to him being a piano forte maker and piano tuner stem from birth and marriage certificates which I hold. In later certificates, he refers to hinself as a Professor of Music. I wonder if this may be an embelishment on his part...Bill Kibby wrote:When you say "Pianoforte Maker", do you mean he had his own business? The victorian piano trade in London was a huge employer, and it is impossible to trace every worker by active research, but I probably have more chance than most people of having things turn up at random. Census records are your best chance, but I'll see what I can find. Have you seen "Genaealogy and the Piano Makers" on the PianoGen website?
There was a piano factory in Peckham Road, Camberwell, close by to Walworth. I have often wondered if he worked there. The geography makes sense, and people didn't necessarily work far from home in those days.
Source: The Times 31 December 1883 via Newspapers.com
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