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Ticket for Mr. Jones’s benefit concert at the New Rooms, Tottenham Street, 21 April [1779]. One of the numerous benefit tickets which our Founder, Oliver Davies bought for the Museum. (Oliver had a penchant for these beautiful examples of ephemera.)

Edward JONES (1752-1824)

April 2024

(b. Llandderfel, Wales, baptised March 29, 1752; d. London, 18 April 1824)

DEATH OF A WELSH BARD. – On Sunday last, after a short illness, EDWARD JONES, Bard to the Prince of WALES, breathed his last, aged 72. – Mr. Jones was a native of Merionethshire, in North Wales.  He published, about thirty years ago, a work entitled “Relics of the Bards,” which contains much valuable historical information; also a collection of Welsh Airs, arranged for the Harp, an instrument which Mr. Jones performed on after the manner of his forefathers, that is, he played the treble with his left hand, and the bass with the right.  Mr Jones possessed a library of rare books, both MSS. and printed, many of which he has lately disposed of.  He was a Member of the Royal Society of Musicians, the Governors of which, on hearing that he was totally unable to follow his professional pursuits, granted him an annuity of fifty pounds per annum; but he only lived to enjoy the first payment of the Institution’s bounty.

The Sun, 20 April 1824.