Robert Southey
(1774-1843)

Died aged 68

Robert Southey (/ˈsaʊði/ or /ˈsʌði/ August 12, 1774 in Bristol – March 21, 1843 in London) was an English poet of the Romantic school, one of the so-called "Lake Poets", and Poet Laureate for 30 years from 1813 to his death in 1843. Although his fame has long been eclipsed by that of his contemporaries and friends William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Southey's verse still enjoys some popularity. Southey was also a prolific letter writer, literary scholar, essay writer, historian and biographer. His biographies include the life and works of John Bunyan, John Wesley, William Cowper, Oliver Cromwell and Horatio Nelson. The last has rarely been out of print since its publication in 1813 and was adapted for the screen in the 1926 British film, Nelson. He was also a renowned scholar of Portuguese and Spanish literature and history, translating a number of works from those two languages into English and writing a History of Brazil (part of his planned History of Portugal, which he never completed) and a History of the Peninsular War. Perhaps his most enduring contribution to literary history is the children's classic The Story of the Three Bears, the original Goldilocks story, first published in Southey's prose collection The Doctor. He also wrote on political issues, which led to a brief, non-sitting, spell as a Tory Member of Parliament.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

Photo of Robert Southey bronze plaque
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Photo of Joseph Maude, William Wordsworth, and Robert Southey green plaque
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Photo of Robert Southey stone plaque
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Here lived Robert Southey B. 1774 D. 1843

108 Walcot Street, Bath, United Kingdom where they lived

Stricklandgate House. This house was built about 1776 by Joseph Maude, a Kendal banker and for many years housed the Kendal Savings Bank. In 1854 it was leased to the Kendal Literary and Scientific Society of which Wordsworth and Southey were Founder members and became the town's museum and library.

92 Stricklandgate, Kendal, United Kingdom where they connected in an unknown way

In a house near this site was born Robert Southey 1774-1843. Poet Laureate 1813.

Pridential Buildings, 11-19 Wine Street, Bristol, United Kingdom where they was born near (1774)