Charles Allen Du Val

His life and works

William Renney

William Renney
Died: about 1831
Elizabeth Gregory married 1825
Jemima Hampton Renney 1829-1894
George Constantine Evan Renney 1831-1908
William Renney 1833-1874

William Renney married Elizabeth Gregory on 24 April 1825 at St Mary's Roman Catholic church in Manchester.

He was recorded as being a musician at the time of his marriage. He died in about 1831. His widow later married Charles Allen Du Val.

William Renney may have been the flute player whose name appeared in advertisements from 1815 until 1832. In a Leeds theatre bill of 1815 he was to play a "Concerto German Flute" at the end of a performance of Shakespeare's Richard III (1). In early nineteenth century Liverpool and Manchester newspapers dated from 1823 to 1832 there are several references to a Mr (or Professor) Renney who was a flute-player. Unfortunately none mention his full name, but the dates are right and he seems to disappear from the newspapers after 1832 (2).

The children of William and Elizabeth Renney (3) were:

Jemima Hampton Renney. She was born in Liverpool in 1829 and died in Bridgwater, Somerset in 1894.

George Constantine Evan Renney. He was born in 1831 and died in Spain in 1908.

William Renney. He was born in Manchester in 1833, and was baptised on 24 December 1833. He died on 13 October 1874 at 126 Bury New Road, Higher Broughton in Manchester.

(1) The Theatre, Leeds 4 July 1815.
(2) Liverpool Observer 28 November 1828 (Theatre Royal, Liverpool); Liverpool Observer 20 May 1831 (Paris's Room, Liverpool); Liverpool Observer 27 April 1832 (Liver Theatre, Church Street, Liverpool); The Kaleidoscope: or, Literary and Scientific Mirror volume 4 (2 December 1829) page 181 (Theatre Royal, Liverpool); and The Manchester Iris : a Weekly Literary and Scientific Miscellany volume II (30 August 1823) page 284 (Theatre Royal, Manchester).
(3) On 6 July 1832 there appeared a notice in the Liverpool Observer of the death on 26 June 1832 of "Frederick, eldest son of Mr. Renney, professor of the flute." He was possibly the elder brother of Jemima Hampton Renney, George Constantine Evan Renney, and William Renney 1833-1874.