LINLEY, Ozias Thurston 1765-1831. Organist ‘Oz’ Linley was the only member of the notable Bath family to have any direct connection with Dulwich. In 1816 he was elected Organist (the most junior of the four Fellows) at Dulwich College, which appointment required him to live in the College precincts, play the organ on Sundays, and teach music to the scholars. In addition to his musical skills, Ozias was a fine mathematician with a lively interest in philosophy and intellectual disputes, and a forcible manner of expressing himself. He was buried in the College Chapel and left his property (apart from his collection of pictures, bequeathed to the College) to his younger brother William (1771-1835). Portraits (by artists such as Gainsborough and Lawrence) of eight members of the Linley family, five of whom were talented musicians, now hang on the walls of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, some of them the gift of the younger brother William.
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