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PIGGOT, Robert, engraver, born in New York city, 20 May, 1795; died in Sykesville, Maryland, 23 July, 1887. An early inclination to drawing determined him to study engraving, and with that object he went to Philadelphia and became a student under David Edwin, whose manner he closely followed. Upon reaching his majority, he entered into a business arrangement with a fellow-student, Charles Goodman, with whom he was associated for several years, and all the plates he worked upon bear the firm-name of Goodman and Piggot. Although an engraver of no mean ability, and ardent in his love for his art, he soon abandoned it for holy orders in the Protestant Episcopal church, and was ordained by Bishop White, 30 November, 1823. He held several charges in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and was called to Sykesville, in the latter state, in 1869, as rector of Holy Trinity parish, where he remained until his death, attending to his parochial duties until within four years of his decease, and retaining all of his faculties unimpaired. He received the degree of D. D.
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