George Gordon, Lord Byron

  (1788 - 1824)

Early education

Early education
At five years old, his education was entrusted to a Mr Bowers, but he made little progress, and he was removed to the care of one Ross, a 'very devout, clever little clergyman', under whom he made good progress, and next to a man called Paterson, the son of his shoemaker, who was a 'good scholar' and a 'rigid Presbyterian', and under whom he began to learn Latin, a study continued at the local Grammar School, where he stayed until he moved to England at the age of ten.

I was sent, at five years old, or earlier, to a school kept by a Mr Bowers, who was called Bodsy Bowers by reason of his dapper appearance. I learned little except to repeat by rote the first lesson of Monosyllables - 'God made man - let us love him' - by hearing it often repeated - without acquiring a letter. Whenever proof was made of my progress at home - I repeated these words with the most rapid fluency, but on turning over a new leaf - I continued to repeat them...

... I recollect to this day ... [Ross'] mild manners and good-natured pains-taking. The moment I could read, my grand passion was history...

With ... [Paterson] I began Latin in Ruddiman's Grammar, and continued till I went to the Grammar School .... where I threaded all the classes to the fourth, when I was recalled to England .... by the demise of my uncle ... The grammar-school might consist of a hundred and fifty of all ages under age. It was divided into five classes, taught by four masters, the chief teaching the fourth and fifth himself.



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