Byron's dog Boatswain



Photo:Boatswain's tomb

Boatswain's tomb

Ralph Lloyd-Jones


By Ralph Lloyd-Jones

"caught fighting a mad cur"

Perhaps the only Newstead resident as famous as the poet Byron was his dog Boatswain (1802 – 1808). He had been brought back from Newfoundland by the Royal Navy who favoured Newfies (good swimmers like Byron himself) as shipboard dogs. Tragically, Boatswain died of rabies caught fighting a mad cur in Mansfield marketplace. Byron paid to have a fine tomb built for him, with an elegant inscription. He hoped that he might one day rejoin faithful Boatswain and be buried there too. Boatswain's portrait by Thomas Sanders, a famous Nottingham animal artist, can still be seen in the house.

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This page was added by Ralph Lloyd-Jones on 16/06/2010.

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