William Barnes
(1801-1886)

Died aged c. 85

William Barnes (22 February 1801 – 7 October 1886) was an English polymath, writer, poet, philologist, priest, mathematician, engraving artist and inventor. He wrote over 800 poems, some in Dorset dialect, and much other work, including a comprehensive English grammar quoting from more than 70 different languages. A linguistic purist, Barnes strongly advocated against borrowing foreign words into English, and instead supported the use and proliferation of "strong old Anglo-Saxon speech".

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William Barnes the Dorset poet lived here 1847 to 1862

Fox & Sons, 40 South Street, Dorchester, United Kingdom where they lived (1847-1862)