Thank you to Kevin Smith for allowing me to reproduce the
carte de visite above.
Carte de Visite
"Here is a
photo which my mother always insisted was of my Great Great Grandfather
George Croal, and
I am slightly
perplexed by the photo. George was born in 1811 and this photo was
probably taken between 1863-1866, which would make him between 52-55 years
old. He looks older to me and I wonder whether this might be a shot of his
father David, who was
born circa 1786
I have learned to accept my Mum's view of the family history. My
researches indicate that she was rarely incorrect in her recollection of
Maybe life was hard on George."
George - Musician
born in 1811 and was described as a 'Musical Instrument Tuner' when he
married in 1830. He, was listed as a 'Music Seller' in the 1841
Census of Edinburgh and 'Music Teacher' in 1851.
He wrote and
sold popular music and was known as 'The Darling of Edinburg' during his
lifetime. At a very early age he was friend to Sir Walter Scott and
wrote music for his Scottish Airs. He was present at the dinner in 1827
(aged 16) when Scott announced that he was author of 'The Waverley Novels'
whose authorship was a mystery at the time.
I have lists
of some of his music including works referencing Walter Scott but have not
been able to find any of his sheet music for sale so far. I should love to
hear some of his tunes."
George's Son - George
George Croal was my great grandfather and he was also
musical, composing under the name 'Carlo Zotti'. Some of his
arrangements are reputed to be on record at Southampton University and I
have some references."
George's Son - John T
George senior's younger sons was John Templeton Croal. He was the
photographer working from 80 George Street Edinburgh in the 1860's."
Kevin Smith, London: August 24, 2007