Lord George Gordon Byron

poet, defender of liberty, and 6th Baron Byron (from 1798)

Died aged 36

George Gordon Byron (later Noel), 6th Baron Byron, FRS (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an Anglo-Scottish poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among his best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, and the short lyric poem "She Walks in Beauty". Byron is regarded as one of the greatest British poets, and remains widely read and influential. He travelled extensively across Europe, especially in Italy where he lived for seven years. Later in life, Byron joined the Greek War of Independence fighting the Ottoman Empire, for which many Greeks revere him as a national hero.He died in 1824 at the young age of 36 from a fever contracted while in Missolonghi. Often described as the most flamboyant and notorious of the major Romantics, Byron was both celebrated and castigated in life for his aristocratic excesses, including huge debts, numerous love affairs – with men as well as women, as well as rumours of a scandalous liaison with his half-sister – and self-imposed exile. He also fathered Ada, Countess of Lovelace, whose work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine is considered a founding document in the field of computer science, and Allegra Byron, who died in childhood – as well as, possibly, Elizabeth Medora Leigh out of wedlock.

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Commemorated on 6 plaques

This site was formerly known as Swine Green Lord Byron wrote his first piece of poetry in 1798, with the verse "In Nottingham County there lives at Swine Green as curst an old lady as ever was seen....."

Cape - Pelham Street, Nottingham, United Kingdom where they lived and wrote his first piece of poetry (1798)

Lord Byron 1788-1824 the poet, lived in this house in the years 1798 and 1799

Newstead House, 76 St. James Street, Nottingham, United Kingdom where they lived

Home of Lord Byron 1803 1808 Poet and defender of liberty

Burgage Manor, The Burgage, Southwell, United Kingdom where they lived (1803-1808)

Lord Byron, widely regarded as one of the greatest British poets was born here 22 January 1788 "Always laugh when you can. It is a cheap medicine"

Holles Street, London, United Kingdom where they lived

In this house June 1816 Lord Byron wrote The Prisoner Of Chillon thereby adding one moe deathless association to the already imortalised localities of the lake

Hotel d’Angleterre, Lausanne, Switzerland where they was (1816)

Seaham Hall built in 1792 on the site of an old manor house. This hall has hosted royalty, Prime Ministers and many illustrious guests including the poet Lord Byron

Seaham Hall, Seaham, United Kingdom where they stayed