Behold the Blessings of Lady Noel – Damn!

As we know that no one lives forever - the Lady Noel was no exception for a mere seven months after Lord B's most facetious letter - his Mamma-At-Law died on Monday January 28 in 1822. Byron was not to receive the news of Judith Noel's death until early March from Augusta and true to his detestation of 'cant', his response was brutally frank...

A Preamble to Matrimony…

Described by the late, great Byron Scholar, Peter Cochran as a 'masterpiece of circumlocution' - Byron's second proposal of marriage in September 1814 would lay the foundation stone for his eventual exile from our shores in 1816...

I Once More Remind You…

The author of this missive is one Elizabeth Medora Leigh writing about the kindness of her aunt Lady Byron who had just informed her that her father was none other than the celebrated poet AND uncle, Lord Byron. Born on this day April 15 in 1814, Elizabeth Medora was the fourth child of the Hon. Augusta Mary Byron and Colonel George Leigh and arguably THE most notorious...

‘Tis a Pity There Were Three of Us!

By April 1816, Lady Byron's desire to be 'securely separated' from her spouse was reaching an increasingly bitter, fraught and heart breaking conclusion...

Bravo! Artful BUT Perfectly Incompatible!

In January 1816 having left her spouse Annabella returned to the protection of her parents who duly offered their support in her resolution for a legal separation. However, Byron was never to learn the reason for her refusal to return to him and despite his letters asking her to state the reasons for leaving him - she NEVER did...

Cheers! I Could Murder a Drink!

By autumn 1815 and as the bailiff beckoned along with the sale of his precious library and several threatened executions - Byron in his worry and torment behaved as many have done before… Yes, he got drunk AND frequently!

A Bad Romance? I WANT Revenge!

Although the Byron marriage lasted some mere 54 weeks - the poet's estranged spouse would spend the following 44 years ensuring that the story of her marriage was shared by friend and foe alike. AND it remains a story which continues to be told today...