William Shield blue plaque in Gateshead

William Shield
Born in Swalwell and lived near here in his
early years. Violinist, violist and composer
of operas and other stage works.
Appointed Master of the King's Music
in 1817.
Reputed composer of
Auld Land Syne.

William Shield (5 March 1748 – 25 January 1829) was an English composer, violinist and violist who was born in Swalwell near Gateshead, the son of William Shield and his wife, Mary, née Cash.

Source: dbpedia

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