|1788||Byron born 22 January in London.|
|1790||Taken by his mother to Aberdeen, Scotland.|
|1791||Death of his father, Captain John Byron, in France.|
|1793||Enters his first school, in Aberdeen.|
|1794-95||Attends Aberdeen Grammar School. In 1794, on the death of his great uncle, becomes heir to the title, Baron Byron of Rochdale.|
|1798||Is made Lord Byron. Moves with his mother to Newstead Abbey, ancestral home of the Byrons.|
|1801-05||Attends Harrow School. In 1803 falls in love with Mary Chaworth, his neighbor at Newstead. (The attachment ends when he overhears Mary laugh to her maid, “What! Me care for that lame boy!”) .|
|1805||Enters Trinity College, Cambridge.|
|1806||First volume of poems, Fugitive Pieces, privately printed. Upon the Reverend John Beecher’s objections to certain of the poems, Byron withdraws the volume.|
|1807||Poems on Various Occasions, an expurgated version of Fugitive Pieces, privately printed. Later in the year the volume appears in a public printing as Hours of Idleness. On March 13, Byron takes his seat in the House of Lords.|
|1808||Hours of Idleness is the subject of scathing critique in The Edinburgh Review. On July 4 Byron receives his A.M. degree from Cambridge.|
|1809||Publication of English Bards and Scotch Reviewers. On July 2, sails from Falmouth for Lisbon with John Cam Hobhouse. Travels through Portugal, Spain, Malta, and Albania, reaching Athens at the end of the year. Writes the first Canto of “Childe Burun” (later Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage).|
|1810||Travels through Greece and Turkey. On May 3 swims the Hellespont from Sestos to Abydos. Writes the second canto of “Childe Burun.”|
|1811||Returns to England July 14. Death of Byron’s mother and of the Cambridge chorister John Edleston (“Thyrza”).|
|1812||Delivers speeches in the House of Lords. Childe Harold, Cantos I and II, published in March. First meeting with his wife-to-be, Annabella Milbanke. Affair with Lady Caroline Lamb. Affair with Lady Oxford.|
|1813||Publication of The Giaour (June) and The Bride of Abydos (December).|
|1813||Publication of The Corsair (January) and Lara (August). Becomes engaged to Annabella Milbanke.|
|1815||Marries Annabella on January 2. Publication of Hebrew Melodies. Daughter, Augusta Ada, born to Annabella on December 10.|
|1816||Byron’s wife leaves him in January. The Siege of Corinth and Parisina are published in February. In April the separation from his wife is formalized. Byron leaves England forever on April 24. Arriving in Geneva, he befriends Percy and Mary Shelley and Claire Clairmont, spends the summer with them, and has an affair with Claire. Travels to Venice, has an affair with Marianna Segati, his landlord’s wife. At the end of the year, Childe Harold Canto III and The Prisoner of Chillon are published.|
|1817||Daughter, Allegra, born to Claire Clairmont on January 12. Byron travels to Rome with Hobhouse, returns to settle in Venice. Affair with Margarita Cogni, wife of a Venetian baker. Sells Newstead Abbey. Manfred published in June.|
|1818||Beppo (satire in the ottava rima of Don Juan) published in February. The Shelleys come to Italy and are with Byron from March to November. Childe Harold Canto IV published in April. Allegra comes to Venice.|
|1819||Beginning of affair with Countess Teresa Guiccioli. Mazeppa published in June, Don Juan Cantos I and II in July. Moves to Ravenna at the end of the year to be near Teresa.|
|1820||Lives in the Guiccioli palace with his daughter Allegra. Becomes involved in the Carbonari movement, the Italian revolution against Austrian rule. Official separation between Teresa and her husband in July.|
|1821||Teresa’s family, the Gambas, are banished to Pisa after the defeat of the Carbonari movement; Byron moves there with them. Marino Faliero published in April, Don Juan Cantos III-V in August, Cain, The Two Foscari, and Sardanapalus in December. Byron promises Teresa to discontinue Don Juan|
|1822||Allegra dies in April. Leigh Hunt moves to Byron’s house in June, where they collaborate on the journal The Liberal. Shelley is drowned July 8 in his boat, the Don Juan. The Vision of Judgment appears in The Liberal in October.|
|1823||Don Juan Cantos VI-XIV published. Byron sails for Greece, arriving at Missolonghi on December 30.|
|1824||Catches a chill in the rain on April 9. Dies at Missolonghi on April 19.BYRON COMES HOME TO ENGLAND|
|June 29||Ship The Florida brings body to estuary Thames.|
|July 5||Hobhouse goes aboard and brings body up the Thames to London.On board finds Byron’s precious dog Lion, big black Newfoundland at the foot of the coffin never leaving his master. Hobhouse almost breaks down.
In London, Dean of Westminster will not allow burial of Byron in Westminster Abbey.
Take body to home of one of the lords where lies in state for several days. Thousands file past. Sir Edward Knatchbull at 20 Great George Street.
|July 10||Set out from London for journey to Nottinghamshire for burial in family crypt near Newstead Abbey.In Nottinghamshire more thousands file past bier.|
|July 16||Morning at 8:00 AM
Mourners led by Hobhouse journey to little church of
St Mary Magdalene, Hucknall Torkard (near Newstead).
Hobhouse the dearest friend there.
Augusta did not come. Her husband Colonel Leigh did.
IN THE VAULT BENEATH WHERE MANY OF HIS ANCESTORS AND HIS MOTHER ARE BURIED LIE THE REMAINS OF GEORGE GORDON NOEL BYRON LORD BYRON, OF ROCHDALE IN THE COUNTY OF LANCASTER THE AUTHOR OF CHILDE HAROLD'S PILGRIMAGE. HE WAS BORN IN LONDON ON THE 22nd OF JANUARY 1788 HE DIED AT MISSOLONGHI, IN WESTERN GREECE ON THE 19th OF APRIL 1824 ENGAGED IN THE GLORIOUS ATTEMPT TO RESTORE THAT COUNTRY TO HER ANCIENT FREEDOM AND RENOWN HIS SISTER, THE HONORABLE AUGUSTA MARY LEIGH PLACED THIS TABLET TO HIS MEMORY.
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