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12 February 1836: W.S.G.'s parents (William GIlbert and Ann Mary Bye Morris) are married at St. Paul's, Covent Garden. William Gilbert is described as a widower. His first wife had been Mary Ann Skelton who died in 1834.

1851 Census: [31 March]: The census records W.S.G. as a pupil at Great Ealing School and the remainder of the Gilbert family living at 17 Brompton Square.

1861 Census: [7 April] W.S.G. is lodging at 17 Victoria Grove, Kensington. His occupation is given as "Government Clerk".

6 August 1867: W.S.G. married Lucy Agnes Turner at St. Mary Abbots, Kensington. It is recorded in the marriages recorded in the third quarter of 1867, volume 1a, page 174.

1871 Census [2 April]: W.S.G. and Lucy are living at 8 Essex Villas. They employ a footman, cook and housemaid. W.S.G.'s profession is given as "Dramatic Author and Barrister".

1881 Census [3 April]: W.S.G. and Lucy are living at 24 The Boltons. They employ a butler and three female servants. W.S.G.'s profession is given as "Dramatic Author".

Grim's Dyke
Grim's Dyke

1891 Census [5 April]: W.S.G. and Lucy are living at Graemes Dyke [sic]. The live in staff comprises a butler, footman, housekeeper, ladies maid [sic] and three other female servants. W.S.G.'s profession is given as "Retired Barrister."

1901 Census [31 March]: W.S.G. and Lucy are on holiday in Egypt, and Grim's Dyke is left in the hands of the servants.

1910: W.S.G. owned 4 and 6 Spring Street, Westminster, which were rented to Arthur Black and the West London Dairy Co., respectively.

1911 Census [2 April]: Grim's Dyke was in the care of W.S.G.'s gardener, Alfred Knight. W.S.G. had taken a house at 90, Eaton Square, Westminster for the winter months and is living there with Lucy and Nancy McIntosh. His profession is given as "Retired Dramatist".

29 May 1911: W.S.G. died. His death is recorded in the second quarter, volume 3a, page 154.


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