(b Dangan, Co. Meath, 1735; d Kensington, 1781). Irish composer and landowner, father of Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington (surname changed to Wellesley after Mornington's death). Self-taught in mus. Founded Dublin Acad. of Mus. Prof. of mus., Dublin Univ. 1764–74. Excelled in composing glees. Wrote church mus., incl. fine setting of the Burial Service, and an unpublished cantata, Caractacus.
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.