George Gordon Noel Byron was born in London, England on January 22, 1788. Unfortunately, George was born with the tremendous undertaking of having to deal with the difficulties that were associated with having a clubbed foot. This didn’t discourage him for a second. Byron was barely out of adolescence when in 1798 the death of his great uncle, the fifth “Wicked” Lord Byron, forever changed his life. Overnight he transformed into the sixth Byron of Rochdale, heir to Newstead Abby. After being financially blessed, Byron began attending school immediately. His earlier years of formal education can be traced back to Aberdeen Grammar School. Then, with his new title in hand, in August 1799 he entered the school of Dr. William Glennie, in Dulwich. In 1801 he was sent to Harrow, where he remained until July 1805.
In the summer of 1803, Byron fell head over heels with his distant cousin, Mary Chaworth. Byron interrupted his education for a semester to follow his heart and be near her. Unsuccessful and defeated he returned to Harrow where he finished out the year. Devastation seemed to be instrumental for Byron; it launched his passion for poetry. It has been said some of his first and best work was based on Mary including; "Hills of Annesley" (written 1805), "The Adieu" (written 1807), "Stanzas to a Lady on Leaving England" (written 1809), and "The Dream" (written 1816). To help cope with the dissolution of his relationship with Mary, in 1804 he began an intimate connection with his half sister, Augusta. He boldly requested that she consider him "not only as a Brother" but as her "warmest and most affectionate Friend." It appeared almost as a shift, as he grew apart from his coarse, often violent, mother, his feelings to Augusta began to blossom. Byron attended Trinity College, Cambridge, intermediately from October 1805 until July 1808 when he completed his M.A. degree. During his educational pursuit, he met and formed a close bond with John Edleston, a choirboy at Trinity. Their connection was so instantaneous that Byron deemed him his Protégé. He later revealed, it was "the most romantic period of my life," and even though it was "violent, though pure, love and passion”.
Byron led a very nomadic life and enjoyed traveling to different countries lending a hand anyway he could. For some time he was a nobleman in the Grand Tour. Deciding to shift gears after the Napoleonic War, he traveled to Portugal, Athens, and even making his way to Smyrna. Leaving traces of himself wherever he went. In 1816, Byron was forced to leave England permanently to escape allegations of incest and sodomy. This freed Byron to be able to express his sexuality completely. He finally decided to settle in Italy from 1812-1823. Things took a sudden shift when 1823 he was approached by representatives to gain support from the movement for Greek independence from the Ottoman Empire. Without any hesitation, Byron immediately got the backing of his banker and Captain Roberts. On July 16th Byron left the dock at Genoa after chartering the Brig Hercules to take him to Kefalonia in the Ionian Islands on August 4th. Sadly, on February 15th 1824, Byron fell ill, and the usual remedy of bloodletting weakened him further. He made a partial recovery, however in early April another round of a violent cold, which used therapeutic bleeding as treatment, was unsuccessful. It is suspected this treatment, carried out with unsterilized medical instrumentation, may have caused him to develop sepsis. He developed a violent fever, and died on April 19, 1824.