The Scottish elements of Byron's nationality have been receiving renewed attention in
recent years. As yet, however, attention has been centred on Byron's poetry rather than
on his biography, which is still often presented in a traditional format which does not
reflect this new level of understanding. This essay addresses this disparity by demonstrating
the importance of Scottish figures in Byron's social networks, not least Scots with
a north-eastern Scottish background or Gordon family connexion. The Scottishness of
some of these well-known figures continues to be ignored in discussions of the poet's life.
Byron is also shown to have had links to the 'fratriot' mentality of other Scots espousing
small nationalisms abroad. This essay reinserts the poet into his Scottish national context,
not only as a writer, but also as a man.