The Byron Journal

Byron's Networks and Scottish Romanticism

The Byron Journal (2009), 37, (1), 5–14.

Abstract

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.

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Pittock, Murray