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Family of Henry John GAUNTLETT and Henrietta Gipps MOUNT

Husband: Henry John GAUNTLETT (1805-1876)
Wife: Henrietta Gipps MOUNT (1819-1891)
Children: Henry C GAUNTLETT
Elizabeth GAUNTLETT ( - )
Marriage 5 Oct 1841

Husband: Henry John GAUNTLETT

Name: Henry John GAUNTLETT1
Sex: Male
Father: Henry GAUNTLETT (1762-1834)
Mother: Arabelle Jenkinson DAVIES (1775-1850)
Birth 9 Jul 1805 Wellington, Shropshire
Baptism 28 Jul 1805 (age 0) Wellington, Shropshire
Employment 1835 (age 30) lawyer; London
93 Queen St, Cheapside
in legal practice with his brother E.E.G. in 1835 at 93 Queen St, Cheapside
Death 21 Feb 1876 (age 70) London

Wife: Henrietta Gipps MOUNT

Name: Henrietta Gipps MOUNT
Sex: Female
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth 1819 Chatham, Kent
Death 8 May 1891 (age 71-72)

Child 1: Henry C GAUNTLETT

Name: Henry C GAUNTLETT2
Sex: Male
Spouse: Helen K FRANKS (1858-1935)

Child 2: Elizabeth GAUNTLETT

Name: Elizabeth GAUNTLETT
Sex: Female
Spouse: Edward Langdale SMITH (1811- )

Note on Husband: Henry John GAUNTLETT (1)

Henry J. Gauntlett (1805-1876)


Born: Ju­ly 9, 1805, Welling­ton, Shrop­shire, Eng­land.


Died: February 21, 1876, Lon­don, Eng­land.


Buried: Kensal Green Cemetery, London, England. Adelaide Procter & William Wallace lie nearby.


Biography © 2000, Terence Crolley. Used by permission.


An exceptionally gift­ed or­gan­ist, Gaunt­lett was well known in 19th Cen­tu­ry Eng­lish mu­sic cir­cles. He was al­so, in turn, law­yer, au­thor, or­gan de­sign­er, and or­gan re­ci­tal­ist.


His fa­ther, Hen­ry Gaunt­lett, was Cur­ate at Well­ing­ton Par­ish Church, Sa­lop, Eng­land, where Hen­ry John was born. Hen­ry had two sis­ters, Ly­dia and Ar­a­bel­la, both ac­comp­lished mu­si­cians. When his fa­ther moved to Ol­ney, Buck­ing­ham­shire, in 1814, he int­end­ed the two girls to share the post of or­gan­ist, but the young Gaunt­lett per­suad­ed his fa­ther to ap­point him ins­tead. With­in six months, be­ing taught by his mo­ther, he was pro­fi­cient enough to take up the post. Later, he took less­ons from Wes­ley. Att­wood, a pu­pil of Mozart, want­ed to ap­point him as his as­sist­ant at St. Paul’s Ca­thed­ral, Lon­don. Gaunt­lett the el­der dis­cour­aged his son from be­com­ing a pro­fess­ion­al mu­si­cian, be­liev­ing they were sub­ject to too ma­ny tempt­a­tions of the flesh! Con­se­quent­ly, Henry the young­er be­came a law­yer and moved to Lon­don, where he prac­ticed with his br­other.


In 1827 he took up his first post as or­gan­ist at St. Olave, South­wark. It was here he be­gan his cam­paign for the re­form of or­gan de­sign, which was to bring him in­to such con­flict with the es­tab­lished or­gan world. Ne­ver­the­less, he per­sist­ed to the point where he int­ro­duced the “Grand Chor­us” based on con­ti­nent­al style or­gans, ex­tend­ing the pe­dal com­pass and pa­tent­ing elec­tri­ci­ty to pow­er the in­str­ument.


His collabora­tion with or­gan de­sign­er Will­iam Hill last­ed from the late 1830’s to 1860. Dur­ing this per­i­od, Gaunt­lett ed­it­ed The Mu­sic­al World and lat­er pro­vid­ed ar­ti­cles for var­i­ous pub­li­ca­tions. He was al­so much in de­mand as a per­form­er. In 1846, Mendelssohn chose him to play the or­gan part in the first per­for­mance of “Elijah” in Birmingham Town Hall. It was about this time he was grant­ed a Lam­beth Doc­tor­ate by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. How­ley.


Gauntlett was a pro­li­fic hymn writ­er; it is said he wrote 10,000 hymns. As this would re­quire him to write three hymns a day for thir­ty years, this fig­ure is doubt­ful. He did, how­ev­er, ed­it var­i­ous hymn books and was “ac­tive­ly con­cerned with ev­ery ma­jor col­lect­ion of hymns made over the course of about fif­ty years” (Bishop, 1971).


Gauntlett has been de­scribed as “The Fa­ther of Church Mu­sic” for he was the cre­at­or of the school of four-part hymn tunes. Whe­ther he de­serves this ac­co­lade is de­bat­a­ble. Yet he was ad­mired by Men­dels­sohn no less who wrote of him, “His li­ter­a­ry at­tain­ments, his know­ledge of the his­to­ry of mu­sic, his ac­quaint­ance with acous­ti­cal law, his mar­ve­lous mem­o­ry, his phil­o­so­phi­cal turn of mind as well as prac­ti­cal ex­per­i­ence—these ren­der him one of the most re­mark­a­ble pro­fess­ors of the age.”


A portrait of Gauntlett, cir­ca 1840, hangs in the Roy­al Coll­ege of Or­gan­ists, Lon­don, and is re­pr­oduced in The Mak­ing of the Vic­tor­i­an Or­gan (This­tle­waite: Cam­bridge Un­i­ver­si­ty Press, 1990).


Biography © 2000, Terence Crolley. Used by permission.

Note on Husband: Henry John GAUNTLETT (2)

DNB: "In 1826 after a short stay in Ireland as a private tutor,, Gauntlett was articled to a London solicitor, and qualified as a lwwyer in 1831.


[email 10/10/09 from EC Graham]: in legal practice with his brother E.E.G. in 1835 at 93 Queen St, Cheapside

Note on Husband: Henry John GAUNTLETT (3)



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2"Gauntlett Pedigree Appendix N I have a photocopy of this, perhaps sent by the Sussex/Brighton Gauntlett character who came on the boat trip.".