Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (B)
George Gordon (Lord)
(1788-1824) Half Scottish poet who burst onto
the literary scene in 1812 with "Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage."
Even today, many Europeans consider Byron to have been England’s
greatest poet, Shakespeare included. He was the most famous Briton in the
world in 1824, the year the Greeks asked him for help in their war of
independence against the Turks. Byron, who had visited Greece previously
and was enchanted by it, arrived with nine servants, a dozen small cannon
and colorful military uniforms. All Europe was impressed and began to
support the Greek cause and contribute money to it. When Byron died of
fever he became a mythical figure, and his is one of the few foreign names
bestowed upon Greek children.
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