George Gordon, Lord Byron

(6th Baron)



Lord Byron is buried in St. Mary Magdalene Church, Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire, England in the family vault.



Memorial Tablet to Lord Byron.

The marble plaque was donated by the King of Greece in 1881. It is inlaid with brass and set into the chancel floor as near as possible to his coffin in the vault below.

In 1816 Byron was forced to leave England for good due to his scandalous lifestyle. He had several affairs, including one with his half-sister Augusta Leigh who gave birth to his daughter and one with Lady Caroline Lamb who famously referred to him as: 'Bad, mad and dangerous to know.'

Byron died at Missolonghi in Greece in 1824 while helping the Greeks in their struggle for independence from Turkey. However, he did not die in battle but  as a result of a fever he contracted after going for a ride in a rainstorm.

Byron's body was brought back to England but he was refused burial in Westminster Abbey. Instead his body was laid in the family vault in Nottinghamshire. Many thousands of people turned out to pay their respects during the funeral procession which itself, extended for a quarter of a mile.

Tablet outside the church.
Photograph by Cameron Self

St Mary Magdalene Church
Photograph by Cameron Self

Memorial plaque inside Westminster Abbey

Lord Byron

Byron was finally given a memorial in 'Poets' Corner' in Westminster Abbey in 1969.

See also irony, ottava rima and romanticism.

She walks in beauty, like the night
   Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright 
   Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
   Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

She walks in beauty (complete poem)

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