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BuilderID 1284

Builder Identification

York (now Toronto) Canada, 1820-1861.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North America Organ Builders, revised edition, by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997). -

    Richard Coates was with a military band in England. Moving to Canada, he was in Quebec, Canada by 1817; and in York {now Toronto}, Ontario, Canada by 1818. He was a portrait painter; a builder of mostly barrel organs from c. 1820 until his death. He also operated saw and threshing mills in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, 1831-1861; and had a farm near Rodney, Canada.


    • Kallmann et al., Encyclopedia of Music in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981), 203.
    • Tracker, 9:2:10.

Database Entries

There are 3 entries in the database that describe organs by Richard Coates.

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