George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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George Gordon Byron, 6th Lord Rochdale

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Birthplace: 24 Holles Street, London, United Kingdom
Death: April 19, 1824 (36)
Messolonghi, West Greece, Greece (Violent fever)
Place of Burial: Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom
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Son of John "Mad Jack" Byron and Catherine Byron
Ex-husband of Anne Isabella Baroness Wentworth
Partner of Jane Harley / Byron, Countess of Oxford and Mortimer; Lady Caroline (Ponsonby) Lamb; The Honorable Augusta Leigh and Claire Clairmont
Father of Ada Lovelace and Allegra Byron
Brother of Sahara Virginia Gordon Byron
Half brother of The Honorable Augusta Leigh

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About George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron FRS (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), known simply as Lord Byron, was a British poet, peer, politician, and leading figure in the Romantic movement. He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential. Among his best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage; many of his shorter lyrics in Hebrew Melodies also became popular.

He travelled extensively across Europe, especially in Italy, where he lived for seven years, in the cities of Venice, Ravenna and Pisa. During his stay in Italy he frequently visited his friend, and fellow poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Later in life Byron joined the Greek War of Independence fighting the Ottoman Empire, for which Greeks revere him as a national hero. He died in 1824 at the age of 36 from a fever contracted in Missolonghi.

Often described as the most flamboyant and notorious of the major Romantics, Byron was both celebrated and castigated in his life for his aristocratic excesses, which included huge debts, numerous love affairs with both men and women, as well as rumours of a scandalous liaison with his half-sister, rumors born from American press. One of his lovers, Lady Caroline Lamb, described him with the famous phrase "mad, bad, and dangerous to know". His only legitimate child, Ada Lovelace, is regarded as the first computer programmer based on her notes for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine. Byron's illegitimate children would naturally have resulted from the aforementioned affairs, and one would have to consider the limited contraceptives available at that period of time to retain any doubt that they existed, though survival may have been possible due to the medicine of the time, at least one died in childhood, and Elizabeth Medora Leigh was also noted as being his admittedly illegitimate daughter.

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George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron's Timeline

1788
January 22, 1788
London, United Kingdom
1815
December 10, 1815
Age 27
London, England
1817
January 12, 1817
Age 28
Bath, UK
1824
April 19, 1824
Age 36
Messolonghi, West Greece, Greece
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Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom