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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (B)
Byron, 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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