[[caption-width-right:349:Lord Byron lived fast, died young and left a beautiful corpse.]]

George Gordon Byron, [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever 6th Baron Byron]] (22 January 1788 19 April 1824), was a {{Romantic|ism}} poet, womaniser, and revolutionary. He gave his name to the ByronicHero trope, by [[WriteWhoYouKnow writing about Byronic heroes and being one in real life]].

His childhood was fertile ground for what he became. His father, Army Captain John "Mad Jack" Byron, of a junior line of moderately old gentry family[[note]]the male-line ancestors of the 1st Baron Byron--Lord Byron's great-great-great uncle--had been knights at least as far back as his great-great-grandfather in the 15th century.[[/note]] married his mother, Catherine Gordon (heiress to the Scottish estate of Gight, in Aberdeenshire), in 1785. By the time George was born in 1788, "Mad Jack" had squandered most of Catherine's money, and she took her son to Aberdeen to eke out an existence on the remaining crumbs and a small trust fund; "Mad Jack" would die of tuberculosis in 1791. When Byron's great-uncle, the 5th Baron Byron, died childless, George, then 10 years old, inherited the title and the family seat at Newstead Abbey--which was a wreck that his mother preferred to rent out to junior gentry. Not that she spent the rent money well--she alternately spoiled George and spoiled herself, could be very stubborn, and was generally lacking in judgment.

His poems include the semi-autobiographical ''Childe Harold's Pilgrimage'' and the long NarrativePoem AlternativeCharacterInterpretation ''Literature/DonJuan''.

'''His women included:'''
* Lady Caroline Lamb, wife of the future [[UsefulNotes/TheMenOfDowningStreet Prime Minister]] UsefulNotes/ViscountMelbourne. She described him as "mad, bad, and dangerous to know"... ''before'' their affair even started.
* Augusta Leigh, his half-sister. Augusta (who was married) had a third daughter, Medora Leigh, [[BrotherSisterIncest who may (or may not) have been Byron's child]].
* Lady Caroline's cousin, Anne Isabella Milbanke, whom Byron married. The marriage was not happy, but produced one daughter, Ada Byron. Ada later married the Earl of Lovelace, becoming known as "Ada Lovelace". Anne regarded Lord Byron's brooding Romanticism as a form of insanity, and so raised Ada with a focus on logic and mathematics; as a result, Ada came to be interested in the sciences, and worked with Charles Babbage in his development of mechanical computing machines. When Babbage designed his (never-built) Analytical Engine, it was Ada who recognised the possibility that these machines could be used to manipulate any kind of information, and not simply conduct elaborate mathematical calculations; she also wrote the world's first computer program (which was never run, as it was written for the Analytical Engine). She thus became the person after whom the programming language Ada was named in recognition of the oft-overlooked contribution of women to computer science. All at least in part because Lord Byron's wife thought Lord Byron was mad.
** Despite this, Ada Lovelace did want to know her father more and requested to be buried next to him. As for Lord Byron himself, she was his sole legitimate child and he commented on their parting as such:
---> '''Lord Byron:''' Is thy face like thy mother's my fair child! ADA! sole daughter of my house and heart?
* Claire Clairmont, the step-sister of Creator/MaryShelley (the author of ''Frankenstein''). They had a daughter, Allegra, who died at the age of 5.

This is an incomplete list. In addition, Byron was bisexual, and had homosexual lovers as a young man. He is a good real life example of a GentlemanSnarker.

Byron took part in the Greek War of Independence (1821-1830). He died, after being repeatedly bled with dirty surgical instruments, of a fever contracted while in Messolonghi in Greece, in 1824 at the age of 36.

He is often said to have had a club foot, this particular rumour about him is untrue. He had a limp from birth, but no club foot. He was still an avid athlete, boxing and swimming two of his better known sports.
%% Don't put in a blurb saying "Do not confuse with Byron Hall." We Do Not Talk About Byron Hall.

!! Works by Lord Byron on the wiki:
* ''Literature/DonJuan''
* ''Theatre/{{Manfred}}''
!! Has featured in the following works:

* Lord Ruthven, the villain protagonist of ''Literature/TheVampyre'' by Lord Byron's doctor John Polidori is said to be [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed modelled on Lord Byron]].
* ''Theatre/{{Arcadia}}''
* "Missolonghi 1824", a short story by John Crowley anthologized in ''Poe's Children''
* ''Literature/TheAnubisGates'', a novel by Creator/TimPowers
* ''Literature/TheStressOfHerRegard'', a novel by Creator/TimPowers
* ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'', a novel by Susanna Clarke
* "The Modern Prometheus", an episode of ''Series/HighlanderTheSeries''
* ''Literature/TheDifferenceEngine,'' a {{Steampunk}} novel by Creator/WilliamGibson and Creator/BruceSterling. In this one, he manages to survive the Greek War of Independence and becomes Prime Minister over a society that depends on the mechanical computers invented by Charles Babbage and the aforementioned Ada Lovelace.
* ''Webcomic/TheThrillingAdventuresOfLovelaceAndBabbage'', though only shows up in the first frame of Ada Lovelace's origin story. Still fitting, though, as he is Ada Lovelace's father.
* A computerized Byron features in ''Conversations with Lord Byron on Perversion, 163 Years After His Lordship's Death,'' a novel by Amanda Prantera
* ''The Missolonghi Manuscript,'' a novel by Frederic Prokosch
* Benjamin Markovits has published two novels of a trilogy about Lord Byron: ''Imposture'' and ''A Quiet Adjustment''
* ''Lord Byron's Doctor,'' a novel by Paul West
* Lady Caroline Lamb, mentioned above, published ''Glenarvon,'' a ''roman-a-clef'' about her affair with Byron
* An AlternateHistory analogue, John Byron III, appears in a flash-forward segment of ''Literature/LookToTheWest'' set in 1830.
* The opening to ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'', in which he and Percy Shelley are entertained by Mary Shelley's telling of the narrative of the movie
* ''Literature/TheTwelfthEnchantment'' has Lord Byron involved in a magical conspiracy.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', he appeared to temporarily possess Billy when the [[ItMakesSenseInContext latter was sleepwalkign and sucking on Grim's skull]] and act as a form of mentor.
* He appeared in ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles''.
* He appears as a major character in the Regency era Steampunk thriller "Moonlight, Murder & Machinery".
!!Tropes from the works of Lord Byron:

* AntiHero: Byron liked these so much that a certain type are often called "Byronic heroes."
* BlueBlood: To be a Byronic Hero, it helps to have the leisure to spend your time learning, travelling, brooding, and womanising (and man-ising), and so most of Byron's heroes are aristocrats like himself.
* ByronicHero: Obviously.