Lee, Edmond

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Dates Active in Dublin: 

c. 1777–1821


Son of Samuel and Anne Lee and brother of John Lee.

Listed in the Dublin Directories with Anne Lee as 'music sellers' (1777–83), under his own name as 'piano forte and harpsichord maker' (from 1786) and as 'music seller and instrument maker' (from 1790).

It is not certain to what extent (if any) Edmond Lee may be identified with the 'Walker & Lee' partnership of c. 1781 listed by Hogan, but their addresses are the same.

In partnership with John Lee, he published music engravings from 1788 to 1789 (Munter) under the imprint of 'John and Edmund Lee, Dame Street' (Humphries & Smith). Flood erroneously names John and Edward Lee as harpsichord makers in the 1790s.

Edmond continued the family business until 1821 when it was taken over by John Aldridge.

[Dates differ according to sources: Teahan gives the dates as 1786 to 1810 but Hogan, Kerry and Boydell (Calendar) give them as 1788 to 1821.]

Select Product/Work List: 


  • The Morn was Fair, with parts for two guitars, c.1803 (Lawrence)
  • The White Cockade a Favorite Rondo for the Piano Forte or Harpsicord
  • Sold

  • Corri, Domenico, Art of Fingering (Hogan)
  • 'New invented Musical Desk with a Dictionary' (Hogan)
  • Frick, Modulation (Hogan)
  • Hook, Musical Guide (Hogan)
  • Miller, Institutes of Music (Hogan)
  • Miller, Elements of Thorough Bass and Composition (Hogan)
  • Quantz, Extemporary Cadences (Hogan)
  • Rameau, Treatise on Harmony and Principles of Composition (Hogan)
  • 'Instruction books for violin, viola, German flute, ‘common or English flute’, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, fife, mandoline, guitar, harp, harpsichord and organ, and singing treatises by Nares and Tenducci' (Hogan)
  • 'The greatest Variety of New Music & single songs with the choicest assortment of the best ton'd Grand & Square Patent Piano fortes &c.' (The White Cockade imprint)
  • Source(s): 

    Dublin Directories

    Flood, W.H. Grattan, 'Dublin Harpsichord and Pianoforte Makers of the Eighteenth Century', The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 5th ser., 39.2 (1909), 137–45 (p. 143)

    Dix, E.R. McC., ‘Some Dublin Music Printers and Music Sellers of the Eighteenth Century’, The Irish Book Lover, 18.1 (January/February 1930), 26–28 (p. 28)

    Carroll, F., ‘Dublin Music Sellers, Etc. 18th Century’, The Irish Book Lover, 31.6 (November 1951), 129–30 (p. 130)

    Teahan, John, 'A List of Irish Instrument Makers', The Galpin Society Journal, 16 (May 1963), 28–32 (p. 30)

    Hogan, Ita Margaret, Anglo-Irish Music 1780–1830 (Cork: Cork University Press, 1966), pp. 102–03, 113

    Humphries, Charles and William C. Smith, Music Publishing in the British Isles, from the Beginning until the Middle of the Nineteenth Century; a Dictionary of Engravers, Printers, Publishers, and Music Sellers (London: Oxford University Press, 1970), p. 209

    Boydell, Brian, A Dublin Musical Calendar 1700–1760 (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1988), p. 259

    Munter, Robert, A Dictionary of the Print Trade in Ireland: 1550–1775 (New York: Fordham University Press, 1988), pp. 165–66

    Kerry, Frances P., 'The Music Scene in Dublin During the Late Eighteenth Century (1790–1800)' (unpublished masters thesis, St Patrick's College, Maynooth, 1994), p. 32

    Boydell, Barra, 'The Development of the Dublin Music Print Trade to 1800', Long Room (1996), pp.25-33 (p. 31)

    Lawrence, Thomas, ‘The History of the Guitar in Ireland 1760-1866’, 2 vols (unpublished doctoral thesis, University College Dublin, 1999), I, p. 37

    McHale, Maria, 'Music', in The Irish Book in English 1800–1891, ed. by James H. Murphy, The Oxford History of the Irish Book, IV (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 595–601 (p. 596)

    Boydell, Brian, ‘Aldridge, John’, Dublin Music Trade Card Index <http://dublinmusictrade.ie/card-index>

    Boydell, Brian, ‘Lee family (1)’, Dublin Music Trade Card Index <http://dublinmusictrade.ie/card-index>

    Boydell, Brian, ‘Lee family (2)’, Dublin Music Trade Card Index <http://dublinmusictrade.ie/card-index>

    Boydell, Brian, 'Walker & Lee’, Dublin Music Trade Card Index <http://dublinmusictrade.ie/card-index>

    Last Update: 20-05-2021