Known as one of the best craftsmen in London in his time, Tobin was born in Ireland in 1766 and worked for Thomas Perry in Dublin between 1792 and 1798, and for some time with Bartholomew Murphy in Cork. In 1800 he appears to have been in Waterford, but by 1810 he was in London, where he worked in some association with Henry Lockey Hill. He established a workshop in St Leonard Street, Finsbury Square, moving to 9 West Street, Soho in 1823. His workmanship appears in instruments labelled by Betts, Dodd and Gilkes, but his own labels are rare. He died in 1847.
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