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BLAYNEY , THOMAS ( 1785 -?), harpist .

Born at Tyn-y-coed , Llanllwchaiarn, Mont. , 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 .

Sources:

  • Seren Gomer , 1819 ;
  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 ;
  • M. O. Jones , Bywgraffiaeth Cerddorion Cymreig , National Eisteddfod Association publication, 1890 ;
  • R. Griffith , Llyfr Cerdd Dannau , 1913 ;
  • Rhestr gyda nodiadau byrion, o Enwogion Cymreig o 1700 i 1900 , National Eisteddfod Association, 1908 .

Author:

Robert David Griffith, M.A., (1877-1958), Old Colwyn

Published date: 1959