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George Gordon, Lord Byron
(1788 - 1824)

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1788 Born 22 January at Cavendish Square, London
1790 Taken by his mother to Aberdeen, Scotland
1791 Father dies
1794 Attends Aberdeen Grammar School until 1798
1798 Becomes, at the age of ten, the sixth Lord Byron; moves to Nottingham
1801 Attends Harrow School
1803 Falls in love with Mary Chaworth, his neighbour at Newstead. She refuses him
1805 Enters Trinity College, Cambridge
1806 Fugitive Pieces privately printed
1807 Hours of Idleness published
1807 Takes seat in House of Lords
1808 Receives his A.M. degree from Cambridge.
1809 English Bards and Scotch Reviewers published
1809 Sets off on a tour of Europe and the Middle East
1811 Mother dies
1811 Returns to England
1812 Childe Harold, cantos I and II, published
1813 The Giaour and The Bride of Abydos published
1813 Begins affair with his half sister, Augusta
1814 The Corsair and Lara published
1814 Becomes engaged to Annabella Milbanke
1814 Daughter, Medora, born to Augusta
1815 Hebrew Melodies published
1815 Daughter, Augusta Ada, born to Annabella on 10 December
1815 Marries Annabella Milbanke 2 January
1816 Childe Harold canto III and The Prisoner of Chillon are published.
1816 The Siege of Corinth and Parisina are published
1816 Annabella asks for a formal separation, Byron agrees reluctantly
1816 Leaves England on April 24, travelling first to Geneva (where he has an affair with Clair Clairmont), then Venice (where he has an affair with Marianna Segati)
1817 Manfred published
1817 Affair with Margarita Cogni, the wife of a Venetian baker
1817 Daughter, Allegra, born to Claire Clairmont on 12 January
1817 Travels to Rome, returns to settle in Venice. Sells Newstead Abbey.
1818 Beppo and Childe Harold canto IV published
1819 Mazeppa and Don Juan cantos I and II published
1819 Begins affair with Countess Teresa Guiccioli, moves to Ravenna to be near her
1819 Takes Teresa, Countess Guicioli, as his mistress
1821 Marino Faliero, Don Juan cantos III-V, Cain, The Two Foscari, and Sardanapalus published
1822 Vision of Judgment appears in The Liberal
1822 Allegra dies
1823 Don Juan cantos VI-XIV published
1823 Byron becomes involved in the Greek fight for independence from Turkey
1823 Byron sails for Greece, arrives at Missolonghi on 30 December
1824 Dies 19 April, after suffering delirium from a chill
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