Georgian Society for East Yorkshire

The drowning of Thomas Linley the Younger

Tom Linley

Tom Linley

Wednesday, 5th August 1778

Thomas Linley the Younger was a musical prodigy known in his life time as "the little Mozart". On this day in 1778 he died in a boating accident at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire. It was reported in the Morning Chronicle on 11th August,

"On Wednesday last Mr. Thomas Linley ... fell into a lake belonging to his Grace the Duke of Ancaster ... and was unfortunately drowned; he remained under water full forty minutes, so that every effort made to restore him to life proved ineffectual. This accident has deprived the profession to which he belonged of one its principal ornaments, and society of a very accomplished and valuable member."

He was 22 years old.

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