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date: 14 October 2019

Parry, John(i) [‘Parry Ddall’]locked

  • Owain Edwards
  • , revised by Phyllis Kinney

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[‘Parry Ddall’]

(b Bryn Cynan, c1710; d Ruabon, Oct 7, 1782). Welsh harper. He was blind, and was taught to play the Welsh triple harp by a relative, Robert Parry of Llanllyfni, and by Stephan Shon Jones of Penrhyndeudraeth. With perseverance and (according to the report of another blind harper, Richard Roberts of Caernarvon, 1796–1855) ‘earnest prayer for the gift of playing the harp’, Parry became the most distinguished harper of his generation in Great Britain. From 1734 he was harper to the first Sir Watkin Williams Wynn of Wynnstay, Ruabon, and continued from 1749 to his death in the service of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn II. This Welsh baronet was an active patron of the arts and he numbered Sir Joshua Reynolds, David Garrick and Handel among his friends. It was probably in playing for Sir Watkin’s circle in London that Parry so impressed Handel and also recommended himself to the attention of the Prince of Wales, who became his patron. A performance of Parry’s at Cambridge in ...

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