William Ayrton

William Ayrton

b: 1777
d: 1858
Letter to William Ayrton 17 May 1817 from Charles Lamb in the lapidary style:
My friend, the poet laureat (meaning R Southey)
Who is a great lawyer at
anything comical
Was the first who tried it
The letter concludes:
Hey! Mr Ayrton
With all your rare tone
I am
Charles Lamb

From The Oxford Dictionary of Music, © Oxford University Press 1994:

(in note on his father Edmund Ayrton): William (London, 1777 - London, 1858) was a mus. critic and a founder of the Philharmonic Soc. As dir. of It. opera at King's Th., London, was first to stage Don Giovanni in Britain (1817).
Marriage Contract form (sent by Raymond Airton):
Vicar General's Office, 12th May 1803

"Which day appeared personally William Ayrton and made oath, that he is of the Parish of Saint Margaret Westminster in the County of Middlesex, a Bachelor aged twenty one years and upwards, and intendeth to intermarry with Marianne Arnold of the parish of Kensington in the same county, a spinster also aged twenty one years or upwards, and that he knoweth of no lawful Impediment, by Reason of any Pre-Contract, Consanguinity, Affinity, or any other lawful Cause whatsoever, to hinder the said intended Marriage, and prayed a Licence to solemnize the same in the Parish Church of Kensington aforesaid,

and further made Oath, that the usual Place of Abode of the said Marianne Arnold hath been in the said Parish of Kensington aforesaid for upwards of four Weeks last part.

(signed) William Ayrton

Sworn before me; ........................."

(Raymond adds: Possibly related to Samuel Arnold (composer), or Thomas Arnold, the famous headmaster of Rugby.)
END
"The 1837.com website has just made available 1841 census transcriptions for the entire country. By entering AYRTON in the person search, it is not only possible to obtain the transcription but it is also possible to inspect the original document.
These show that a WILLIAM AYRTON born c1781 -musician and his wife Ellen c1791 school mistress were living within the cathedral precints of Chester. However I think that the term musician was not appropiate, as he was running a school with about 20
pupils, and I think that this may have been the Cathedral Choral College, but the census does not show this.It was a likely occupation considering the families ecclesiastical connections.The ref. is HO 107-Piece 130-Folio 3-Page 24
Also living within Chester Cathedral precinct was an ALFRED AYRTON born c1816 occupation -' Proctor', possibly son of above and brother to WSA; ref 107-129-2/4-2"
From The Athenaeum, 18 July 1903, p81
The works of Charles and Mary Lamb, edited by E V Lucas in 9 vols: Vol I

"And the little dissertation on 'London Fogs' found by Mr Lucas in a MS volume lent to him by Mr Edward Ayrton, and now, apparently, printed for the first time. The volume which is bound unifomly with a copy of the works of 1818, and lettered 'The Works of Charles Lamb, vol: iii' was made by the grandfather of the present owner, William Ayrton, the well known musical critic and impressario, and Lamb on seeing it, observed that it was the highest compliment he had ever received as an author."
Biography
Letter to William Ayrton 17 May 1817 from Charles Lamb in the lapidary style:
My friend, the poet laureat (meaning R Southey)
Who is a great lawyer at
anything comical
Was the first who tried it
The letter concludes:
Hey! Mr Ayrton
With all your rare tone
I am
Charles Lamb

From The Oxford Dictionary of Music, © Oxford University Press 1994:

(in note on his father Edmund Ayrton): William (London, 1777 - London, 1858) was a mus. critic and a founder of the Philharmonic Soc. As dir. of It. opera at King's Th., London, was first to stage Don Giovanni in Britain (1817). Marriage Contract form (sent by Raymond Airton):
Vicar General's Office, 12th May 1803

"Which day appeared personally William Ayrton and made oath, that he is of the Parish of Saint Margaret Westminster in the County of Middlesex, a Bachelor aged twenty one years and upwards, and intendeth to intermarry with Marianne Arnold of the parish of Kensington in the same county, a spinster also aged twenty one years or upwards, and that he knoweth of no lawful Impediment, by Reason of any Pre-Contract, Consanguinity, Affinity, or any other lawful Cause whatsoever, to hinder the said intended Marriage, and prayed a Licence to solemnize the same in the Parish Church of Kensington aforesaid,

and further made Oath, that the usual Place of Abode of the said Marianne Arnold hath been in the said Parish of Kensington aforesaid for upwards of four Weeks last part.

(signed) William Ayrton

Sworn before me; ........................."

(Raymond adds: Possibly related to Samuel Arnold (composer), or Thomas Arnold, the famous headmaster of Rugby.)
END "The 1837.com website has just made available 1841 census transcriptions for the entire country. By entering AYRTON in the person search, it is not only possible to obtain the transcription but it is also possible to inspect the original document.
These show that a WILLIAM AYRTON born c1781 -musician and his wife Ellen c1791 school mistress were living within the cathedral precints of Chester. However I think that the term musician was not appropiate, as he was running a school with about 20
pupils, and I think that this may have been the Cathedral Choral College, but the census does not show this.It was a likely occupation considering the families ecclesiastical connections.The ref. is HO 107-Piece 130-Folio 3-Page 24
Also living within Chester Cathedral precinct was an ALFRED AYRTON born c1816 occupation -' Proctor', possibly son of above and brother to WSA; ref 107-129-2/4-2" From The Athenaeum, 18 July 1903, p81
The works of Charles and Mary Lamb, edited by E V Lucas in 9 vols: Vol I

"And the little dissertation on 'London Fogs' found by Mr Lucas in a MS volume lent to him by Mr Edward Ayrton, and now, apparently, printed for the first time. The volume which is bound unifomly with a copy of the works of 1818, and lettered 'The Works of Charles Lamb, vol: iii' was made by the grandfather of the present owner, William Ayrton, the well known musical critic and impressario, and Lamb on seeing it, observed that it was the highest compliment he had ever received as an author."
Facts
  • 1777 - Birth - ; London
  • 1858 - Death - ; London
  • 1817 - Appointments - ; Kings Theatre, London
  • Occupation - Music critic, impressario
Ancestors
   
Edward Ayrton
1698 - 25 JUL 1774
 
 
Edmund Ayrton , Mus. Doc. Mus Doc
19 NOV 1734 - 22 MAY 1808
  
  
  
 
William Ayrton
1777 - 1858
  
 
  
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Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Edmund Ayrton , Mus. Doc. Mus Doc
Birth19 NOV 1734
Death22 MAY 1808
Marriageto ?
FatherEdward Ayrton
MotherCatherine Clough
PARENT (U) ?
Birth
Death
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
MWilliam Ayrton
Birth1777London
Death1858London
Marriage12 MAY 1803to Marianne Arnold
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) William Ayrton
Birth1777London
Death1858 London
Marriage12 MAY 1803to Marianne Arnold
FatherEdmund Ayrton , Mus. Doc. Mus Doc
Mother?
PARENT (F) Marianne Arnold
Birth
Death
Marriage12 MAY 1803to William Ayrton
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
MWilliam Scrope Ayrton
Birth1805
Death1885
Marriage20 MAR 1847to Margaret Alsager at Christ Church, Marylebone, London
Evidence
[S37942] Raymond Airton emails etc from 19 July 2006 (and some earlier)
Descendancy Chart
William Ayrton b: 1777 d: 1858
William Scrope Ayrton b: 1805 d: 1885
Margaret Alsager b: 1815
Elizabeth Clay Ayrton b: 25 JAN 1848
William Scrope Ayrton b: 19 FEB 1849
Ellen Louisa McClatchie b: 1855 d: 29 NOV 1897
Florence Margaret Ayrton b: 19 OCT 1881
Edward Russell Ayrton b: 17 DEC 1882
Phyllis Alsager Ayrton b: 26 FEB 1884
Winifred Parkes Ayrton b: 7 JUL 1885
Frank Alsager Ayrton b: 23 SEP 1887
Girl Ayrton b: 29 NOV 1897 d: 30 NOV 1897
Edward Ayrton b: 12 JUL 1850
Charles Ayrton b: 12 JUL 1850
Herbert Alsager Ayrton b: 15 JUL 1852
Pelham Ayrton b: 2 AUG 1854
Mary Arnold Ayrton b: 25 DEC 1856
Cecil Burney Ayrton b: 8 JUL 1858
Harold Napier Ayrton b: 13 SEP 1860
Margaret Ayrton b: 1864
Brereton Dwarris Ayrton b: 1868 d: 16 JAN 1898