Rags to riches?

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Byron goes to Southwell


By Ralph Lloyd-Jones


"so his seems like a ‘rags to riches’ story"

Although the great romantic poet George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788 – 1823) is closely associated with the county, he did not arrive here until the age of ten when he inherited Newstead Abbey, along with his baronetcy, from a great uncle he had never met. Before that he was living in a flat in Aberdeen with his Scottish mother, Catherine Gordon Byron (1765 – 1811), so his seems like a ‘rags to riches’ story.

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This page was added by Ralph Lloyd-Jones on 16/06/2010.
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Another sob story concerning Byron which really is thin gruel over well travelled ground. The fact is Byron was a rake who got lucky on Childe Harold. Hobhouse was Byron's best friend and it says it all about him - a heinous snob and racist and interested only in satisfying his own obscene pleasures at the expense of others. Claire Clairmont was the most poignant victim of Byron's sheer nastiness.

By Alfieri
On 06/01/2014

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