Holden, Smollet

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Parliament Street, 1796
32 Arran Quay, 1805–06
26 Parliament Street, 1806–13


He was described in the Dublin Directories as 'military music master and instrument maker'.

Publications include collections of Welsh tunes, masonic songs, country dances, and individual songs and instrumental pieces.

He also composed, George Petrie describing him as 'the most eminent British composer of military music in his time' (Duignan & Boydell).

Succeeded in business by his wife Mrs Holden after his death in 1813. She continued the business from the same address until c. 1818, often using her husband's name.

[Dates and addresses differ according to sources: Teahan gives 32 Arran Quay in 1805 and 26 Parliament Street in 1806 only. Hogan gives 26 Parliament Street from c. 1800 to 1818 only. McHale gives Arran Quay in 1805 and Parliament Street from 1806. 1 Note: the square piano dated 1796 and inscribed 'Holden, Parliament St' suggests that Holden may already have worked in Parliament Street before or along with his Arran Quay address. McHale, in reference to Holden's A Collection of Quick and Slow Marches, Troops &c. gives the publication date as c. 1795 but Duignan & Boydell give it as c. 1807.]

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Produced or Sold

  • Square piano, 1796: private collection. Mark: 'Holden, Parliament St' [possibly seller rather than maker]
  • Published

  • A Collection of Old Established Irish Slow and Quick Tunes, c. 1795? (McHale), c. 1807? (Duignan & Boydell)
  • Holden's Collection of the Most Esteem'd Old Irish Melodies, 2 vols, c. 1807 (McHale)
  • A Favourite Collection of Dances for the Present Season, c. 1809 (McHale)
  • A Collection of Masonic Songs, c. 1810 (McHale)
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    Last Update: 26-09-2013