BLAYNEY, THOMAS (1785 -?), harpist

Name: Thomas Blayney
Date of birth: 1785
Parent: Letitia Blayney
Parent: Arthur Blayney
Gender: Male
Occupation: harpist
Area of activity: Eisteddfod; Music; Performing Arts
Author: Robert David Griffith

Born at Tyn-y-coed, Llanllwchaiarn, Montgomeryshire, the son of Arthur and Letitia Blayney. He won the prize (a silver harp and thirty guineas) in the Carmarthen eisteddfod of 1819. Thomas Price (Carnhuanawc) says that Blayney was the first whom he heard playing on the triple-harp; he also testifies to his renown as a harpist.

He kept a public-house at Lydney North, near Walcot, the Shropshire seat of lord Powis; in 1829 he became family harpist to the household of lord Powis but died shortly afterwards, although the exact year of his death has not been ascertained. His brother, ARTHUR BLAYNEY, became well-known as a violinist.


Published date: 1959

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