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Shield William

Shield, WILLIAM (1748-1829), a musical composer, born at Swalwell in Durham. He began life as a boat-builder's apprentice, but after the production of his comic opera The Flitch of Bacon (1778) he was appointed composer to Covent Garden. He published several other dramatic works, but his fame is based chiefly on his admirable songs.