Lord Byron
English Literature Since 1800, Fall 2007, UCO


George Noel Gordon was born January 22, 1788 in London. He attended grammar school in Aberdeen, Scotland where he lived with his mother as a child. Lord Byron inherited the title of “lord” at the age of ten from his great-uncle. He attended many famous schools including, Cambridge and Trinity College.


Lord Byron privately printed his first book of poetry, The Fugitive Pieces, in 1806. Shortly following in 1807 his first volume of poetry, Hours of Idleness, was published. Many volumes followed including, Childe Harold’s Pilgrammage, The Maid of Athens, The Prophecy of Dante, and Don Juan.


Byron had many affairs throughout his lifetime and gained a reputation as quite the womanizer. He had two daughters; Augusta Ada, born to his wife and Allegra, born to a mistress. Byron was friends with many famous writes of the day, most notable are Percy Bysshe Shelley and his wife, Mary.


Lord Byron was exiled from England and lived out the remainder of his life after this event in Italy and Greece. He died in Greece in April of 1824. His remains were refused burial at Westminster Abbey in London and he was buried at Newstead. His heart was buried in Greece. Although, at the time of his death he was refused burial at Westminster Abbey today, a memorial has been placed in his honor at the Abbey.