Thomas Linley the elder

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Thomas Linley, by Thomas Gainsborough, holding his "Elegies for Three Voices" (Dulwich Picture Gallery)

Thomas Linley (17 January 1733 – 19 November 1795), English musician, was born in Badminton, Gloucestershire, and studied music in Bath, where he settled as a singing-master and conductor of the concerts.

From 1774 he was engaged in the management at Drury Lane theatre, London, composing or compiling the music of many of the pieces produced there, besides songs and madrigals, which rank high among English compositions. In 1786 he collaborated with John Burgoyne on the successful Richard Coeur de lion.

Children[edit]

With his wife Mary Johnson, he had 12 children, 7 of whom went on to musical or theatrical careers:


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thomas Linley
 
Mary Johnson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Richard Brinsley Sheridan,
1751-1816
 
Elizabeth,
1754-92
 
Thomas,
1756-78
 
Mary,
1758-87
 
Richard Tickell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thomas Sheridan,
1775-1819
 
Samuel,
1760 - 1778
 
Maria,
1763-84
 
Ozias,
1765-1831
 
William,
(1771-1835)
 
5
other
children

Sources[edit]


Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.