Fonds 11-009 - Captain Charles Rubidge fonds. Additions

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Captain Charles Rubidge fonds. Additions

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  • 1756; 1805-ca.1870; 2011; 2018 (Creation)
    Rubidge, Charles

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24 cm of sheet music
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Captain Charles Rubidge, land agent and author, was born 20 April 1787 in the Parish of St. George-in-the-East, London, England. He was the son of Robert and Margaret Rubidge. In October 1796, at the young age of nine, Rubidge entered the Navy as a midshipman on the Arrow, Sloop of War. He served under Lord Nelson and Lord Cochrane and was honourably discharged in 1815, at the end of the War of 1812. In June 1819, Rubidge emigrated to Canada with his wife and three children (they later had three more children) and in May, 1820, became the second person to settle in Otonabee Township. He assisted in the settling of the Peter Robinson immigrants in 1825 and other immigrants in 1831 and 1839. In 1831 Rubidge was appointed Immigrant Agent at Peterborough by Lord Seaton, Governor-General of Canada. He was also the author of two books. The first was A Plain Statement of the Advantages Attending Emigration to Upper Canada (London, 1838) and the second An Autobiographical Sketch (Peterborough, 1870). Captain Charles Rubidge died 5 February 1873.

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Fonds was in the custody of Laurie Lambe Wallace, a great great great granddaughter of Captain Charles Rubidge, before it was donated to Trent University Archives in 2011, 2017 and 2018.

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Fonds consists of sheet music, some of which is hand-copied. The items originated with Captain Charles Rubidge and penciled annotations suggest that he collected or hand-copied a number of them in the early 1800s for his wife-to-be, Margaret Clarke, before coming to Canada. "Mrs. Rubidge" is written in hand on some pieces. Provenance is indicated on some documents in layered notes made by family descendants across generations. Also included is information compiled by Laurie Lambe Wallace about the sheet music and its history within the Rubidge family.

In 2017, 29 additional pieces of sheet music dating to the early 1800s were added. This music belonged to Mary Catharine Dunsford, wife of Reverend Hartley. Some of the music includes handwritten notations with family names and dates. While the publications of some pieces may date to the early 1800s, the handwritten penciled dates cover a period generally between the 1830s and 1860s. The notations point to connections between the Rubidge, Dunsford, McEwen, and Boyd families of the Peterborough area. Included in this addition is genealogical information compiled by the donor.

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The documents are fragile; some have been hand-repaired with thread. Handle with care.

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Fonds acquired from Laurie Lambe Wallace in 2011, 2017 and 2018.


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Related Records in TUA: 77-012, 78-008, 94-001, 02-001, and 02-003.


This fonds, along with 83-1022, 89-1028, and 02-1001, is an addition to 82-1001.

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Special thanks to Dorothy McCord and her Fleming College Collections Conservation and Management class for undertaking conservation treatment of five pieces of sheet music from this collection in 2013.

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  1. A Canadian Boat-Song
    Arranged for Three Voices by Thomas Moore Esq'r. London. Printed for James Carpenter, Old Bond Street. 1805. (Note: pages 1 & 2 missing)

  2. Little Bo-Peep
    A Favorite Song, as Sung at most of the Nobilitys & Gentrys Private Concerts. With an Accompaniment for the Harp, or Piano Forte. Enter'd at Stationers Hall. 1756.
    London Printed & Sold by L. Lavenu, Music Seller to His Royal High'ss. Prince of Wales, No. 29, New Bond Street.

  3. Alone Retired Beneath some Tree
    Sung in Kais by Mr Braham. No date.

  4. Anna or the Adieu

  5. Remember Me
    Go Gentle Sioh
    The Bud of the Rose

  6. My native Land I bade adieu.
    A favourite song Sung by Mr Sedgewick in the Haunted Tower, composed by S. Storace. Ent'd at Sta Hall.
    London Printed by Longman, Clementi & Comp'y N. 26 Cheapside
    Young Love
    Music & Words by Tho's Moore Esq'r

  7. The Minute Gun at Sea
    Duetto sung by Mrs Mountain & Mr. Philipps in Up All Night or The Smugglers Cave. Composed by M.P. King.
    London. Printed by Goulding & Comp'y. 124 New Bond Str't & 7 Westmorland Street, Dublin
    No Date.

  8. The Bewildered Maid

  9. A Fireside Song
    H.F. Chorley. WALLACE

  10. (Third Edition) Home! Sweet Home!
    Sung by Miss M. Tree. Clari, or The Maid of Milan, at the Theatre Royal Covent Garden.
    Composed & partly founded on a Sicilian Air by Henry R. Bishop, composer & director of the Music to the Theatre Royal Covent Garden.
    London, Printed by Goulding, D'Almaine, Potter & C. 20 Soho Square. & to be had at 7 Westmorland Street, Dublin.
    Ent. Sta. Hall.
    "Mid pleasures and places"!
    The additional stanza sung by Miss Beaumont in the Episode.
    Printed by Goulding & C. 20 Soho Sq: London.

  11. My Boat is on the Shore
    Written & addressed to Thomas Moore Esq'r by Lord Byron, The Music by Henry R. Bishop. Ent. at Sta. Hall London. Published by J. Power. 3 4 Strand.

  12. If then to love thee be offence
    A Ballad by the R't Hon'ble Geo. Ogle, Composed With an Accompaniment for the Piano Forte by Sir John Stevenson Mus. Doc. London. Published by J. Power 3 4 Strand Ent'd at Sta. Hall
    Page 2 If then to love thee be offence Words by R't Hon'ble Geo. Ogle, Music by Sir John Stevenson. Mus. Doc.

  13. If Music be the food of Love play on
    A Canzonet, With an Accompaniment for the Harp or Piano Forte, Composed & dedicated to Miss Helsham by J.C. Clifton.
    London. Printed by Clementi, Banger, Hyde, Collard & Davis. 26 Cheapside
    Ent'd at Sta. Hall

  14. The Singing Girl
    A Favourite Ballad with an accompaniment for the Piano Forte. Written & Composed by W.T. Rhodes.
    London. Printed by J. Longman, N. 13 Cheapside

  15. Ah! Why did Henry leave his home.
    A favourite Song Sung by Mrs. Bland at Wauxhall Gardens, Written & Composed by G. Nicks
    Ent'd at Stat. Hall
    London. Printed by Goulding & C. 124 New Bond Street & 7 Westmorland Str't. Dublin

  16. Whither My Love
    Sung by Sig. Storace in the Haunted Tower. Composed by Paisiello
    Engraved Printed and Sold by H. Andrews. N. 11 Little Canterbury Place, Lambeth

  17. In vain I mourn in vain I sigh
    Sung by Miss De Camp in the Comedy of The Honey Moon

  18. Information compiled by Laurie Lambe Wallace about the collection of sheet music and its history within the Rubidge family, 2011.

  19. aged cardboard cover identifying the collection of music

Additional material received from Laurie Lambe Wallace in 2017

  1. To The West / The Poetry Written by Charles McKay, L.L.D. / The Music Dedicated with Great Respect to Mrs. Herbert Ingram / By Her Friend Henry Russell / London

  2. Maggie’s Secret / Song Written and Composed Expressly for Madame Sainton Dolby / By Claribel

  3. Come Home, Father / Words and Music by Henry Clay Work / Chicago / 1864

  4. By Silver Streams / A New Song / Sung by Mrs. Bland / At Vauxhall Gardens / Composed by Mr. Hook

  5. Fair Ellen, a Favorite Glee / Sung with the Greatest Applause at the Vocal Concerts / By Mrs. Billington, Mrs. Vaughan, Mr. Harrison & Mr. Bartleman / Air by Mr. Braham / Harmonized by Mr. Harrison

  6. The Hazel Dell / Wurzel

  7. Strangers Yet / Sung by Made. Sainton Dolby / Words by Lord Honghton / The Music Composed and Dedicated to Miss Talfourd / by Claribel

  8. Who Can Tell? / Sung by Miss Susan Pyne / Also by Miss Elena Angele & Made. Sainton Dolby / The Words from “Ransford’s Jottings” / The Music by George B. Allen

  9. Home Again / Words and Music by M.S. Pike, Esq. / Arranged by J.P. Ordway

  10. The Bud of the Rose / Sung by Mr. Bannister in / Rosina / Composed by W. Shield

  11. Fear Not but Trust in Providence / The Pilot / Sung by Mr. H. Phillips. Mr. Seguin & Mr. Machin / Written by Thomas Haunes Bayly / Composed by S. Nelson

  12. The Lady of the Lea / Sung by Madame Sainton Dolby / The Poetry by W.H. Bellamy / The Music Composed by Henry Smart

  13. Alone For You / The Words by Mr. J. Smart / Composed with an Accompaniment for the Piano Forte / and Inscribed to Miss Fenton / by Joseph Major

  14. Patrick or the Peasant’s Wife / Written by The Honble. Mrs. Norton / Composed by J.H. Tully / and Arranged with an Accompaniment for the / Guitar by L. Sagrini

  15. I’ll Pray For Thee / Sparci D’Amoro / The Popular Song in / Lucia di Dammermoor / Composed by Donizetti / Published by William Hall & Son

  16. O Share My Cottage Dearest Maid / A Favorite Ballad / with an Accompaniment for the / Piano Forte / Composed by Mr. Costellon

  17. I’m Alone / Sung by Made. Lind-Goldschmidt / Sung by Miss Louisa Pyne / in the Opera the Lily of Killarney / Written by Dion Boucicault & J. Oxenford / Composed by J. Benedict

  18. Rock Me To Sleep, Mother / Words by Florence Percy / Music by Leslie / 1860

  19. Maid of Athens / Written by Lord Byron / The Music by G. Kiallmark / 1819

  20. If You’re Waking Call Me Early / or The Queen of the May / The Poetry Written by Alfred Tennyson Esqre. / The Music Composed and Dedicated to the Most Noble / The Marchioness of Hastings / Baroness Grey de Ruthyn / By Mrs. Robert Arkwright

  21. Gems of English Song / A Selection of Favorite Songs & Ballads / for the Piano Forte / Arrow and the Song – Balfe / The Voice Is Near – Wrighton / Truth in Absence – Harper / Maggie’s Secret – Claribel / Sing Me an English Song – Wrighton / Toronto, A & S Nordheimer

  22. Friends of my Youth / Composed by George Barker / Arranged with a Guitar Accompaniment by L. Sagrini

  23. Scotch Air / Comin’ Thro’ the Rye / with Easy and Brilliant Variations for the Piano / By LeBlack / 1852

  24. The Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow / Irish Ballad / As Sung by Miss Agnes Robertson and Mrs. John Wood / in Bourcicault’s Drama / Colleen Bawn / 1860

  25. Mary to Her Cot Returned / A New Song Sung by Mrs. Bland / at Vauxhall Gardens / Composed by Mr. Hook / Bassoon Solo by Mr. Holmes

  26. In The Greenwood Free / Song Composed by H. Brinley Richards

  27. The Old Clock on the Stairs / Words by Longfellow / Music by [Parlan]

  28. Ben Bolt

  29. The Tear / Composed by Mr. Hook

49: Genealogical information beginning with Captain Charles Rubidge's marriage to Margaret Clarke in 1810 and ending with the seventh generation in 2016. Compiled by Laurie Lambe Wallace.

Additional material received from Laurie Lambe Wallace in 2018


Approximately 27 individual pieces and book compilations of Canadiana sheet music dating 1850s-1920s; some of this music is patriotic in theme. This music had been, at one time, in the custody of Eleanor (Ruby) Rubidge Barron (1875-1957) of the Barron Hotel, Rice Lake, Ontario; some includes handwritten notations with family names and dates inscribed by local area ancestors of the Rubidge family. The notations point to connections between the Rubidge, Dunsford, and Barron families of the Peterborough area. Included in this donation is Barron genealogical information compiled by the donor in 2018.

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