John Parry

The most famous eighteenth-century harpist. He was known as ‘Blind Parry’ of Ruabon. He was in the service of both the third and fourth baronets and was responsible for the love of music by his patrons. Parry certainly thrilled David Garrick on his visit to Wynnstay in the autumn of 1777 when he reported to his brother Peter ‘I am writing in ye Dark & Mr Parry ye famous Harpist is playing like an Angel’ . In the summer months Parry performed at the fashionable London Pleasure Gardens and for the Cymmrodorion Society in London. When in Ruabon, Parry was the church organist and received an annuity of £40 for his services. Parry and his family were well cared for by the fourth baronet, who encouraged his son William Parry (c.1742-9l) as an artist and supported his study in Italy. He later exhibited at the Royal Academy.

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