On Friday 17 February 1659/60 there is an interesting discussion about the origins of the venerated English instrument house of W.E. Hill and Sons (in London from the 1800's to the l970's) which took great pride in this entry. However, the biography of Arthur Bultitude, one of W.E. Hill's bow makers, in tracing the genealogy of the Hill family, now disputes the claim. Nevertheless, people possessing Hill bows, instruments, or certificates will probably go right on quoting Pepys' mention with pleasure.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.