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George Gordon Byron

Birthplace: 24 Holles Street, London, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Messolonghi, West Greece, Greece
Cause of death: Violent fever
Place of Burial: Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of John "Mad Jack" Byron and Catherine Byron
Ex-husband of Anne Isabella Baroness Wentworth Byron-noel
Partner of Jane Harley / Byron, Countess of Oxford and Mortimer; The Honorable Augusta Leigh; Claire Clairmont and Lady Caroline Lamb
Father of Ada Lovelace and Clara Allegra Byron
Half brother of The Honorable Augusta Leigh

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About George Gordon, 6th Baron Byron

Lord Byron ie. George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was a British poet and a leading figure in Romanticism. He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential.

Byron was celebrated in life for aristocratic excesses including huge debts, numerous love affairs, and self-imposed exile. He had a notorious affair with and was famously described by Lady Caroline Lamb (of Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire) as "mad, bad and dangerous to know".

Amongst Byron's best-known works are the brief poems She Walks in Beauty, When We Two Parted, and So, we'll go no more a roving, in addition to the narrative poems Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Don Juan.

In February 1812 the Government passed the Frame Breaking Act, which specifically introduced the death penalty for frame breaking. It was during the Parliamentary debates about this bill that Lord Byron made his famous "speech" in defence of the Luddites. The Act, together with the influx of troops and spies seems to have brought an end to the attacks in Nottinghamshire at around this time, although this may also partly have been because there were not so many frames left to break, and because many of the hosiers had agreed to restore wages to their former levels.

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale, better known as the poet Lord Byron, was born 22 January 1788 in Holles Street, London, England, and raised by his mother in Aberdeen, Scotland. [1] His life was complicated by his father, who died deep in debt when he was a child. He was able to work his way through school, and his life advanced after he inherited both his great-uncle's title in 1798 and the Newstead Abbey estate.

Gight Castle, Aberdeenshire, home of Byron's Gordon ancestors Byron was the son of Captain John "Mad Jack" Byron and his second wife, the former Catherine Gordon, heiress of Gight in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The Byron family had a spotted history, with a history of inconstancy and debt, and the fifth Lord Byron gained reputations of being a whoremaster and a murderer. The poet's father, John Byron, was the first child of Vice-Admiral John "Foulweather Jack" Byron, the second son of the fourth Lord Byron. Like the rest of his family, his personal history was one of turmoil; he was one of nine children and was sent to a military school when it became clear that he was unfit for academia. He gambled profusely until his parents refused to pay off his debts, and he soon developed a reputation for womanising and exploiting his companions for money.

In 1778, when 22, he ran off to France with the already married Amelia D'Arcy, the heiress of the Earl of Holderness and of Baroness Conyers and the current Marchioness of Carmarthen. He married her in 1779; they had three children, of whom only their daughter Augusta Leigh survived. Conyers died in 1784, and John Byron, in debt and deprived of his wife's £4000 a year income, went to Bath in search of another rich wife. Here he met Catherine Gordon, who was called his "Golden Dolly" for her fortune of 23,000 pounds; she was a direct descendant of James I of Scotland.

The Gordon family, like the Byron family, had a history of turmoil and death; her grandfather drowned in 1760, her sister Abercromby died in 1777, her father drowned in Bath Canal in 1779, her other sister Margaret died in 1780, and her mother died in 1782. Her parents, to preserve the family name, had introduced a clause in their will that required the husband of their daughter to take the Gordon name as his own, which John Byron was eager to do. The two married in Bath, 13 May 1785. By July the newly-weds had settled at Gight where John Byron ran through most of the £23,000 Catherine had brought to their marriage.

Soon after, he sold her property, the Castle of Gight, for £18,690 to pay off his debts. In March 1786 they went through a second marriage ceremony and John Byron became John Byron Gordon to fulfil the need to sell the estate in Gight. By the end of 1786, Catherine had lost her fortune and her land to John Byron's creditors but she never blamed him for her loss. In July 1787 John fled from the Isle of Wight, where the couple had been living to avoid creditors, to Paris. He was joined there the following September by Mrs Byron who was pregnant. In December she returned to London whilst Byron's father remained on the move to avoid creditors.

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George Gordon, 6th Baron Byron's Timeline

January 22, 1778
London, United Kingdom
December 10, 1815
Age 37
London, England
January 12, 1817
Age 38
Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, England, United Kingdom
April 19, 1824
Age 46
Messolonghi, West Greece, Greece
Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom