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 Robert Stephen Hawker

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Robert Stephen Hawker

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Death 15 Aug 1875 (aged 71)
Burial Plymouth, Plymouth Unitary Authority, Devon, England
Memorial ID 121883705 · View Source
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He was an Anglican priest, poet, antiquarian of Cornwall and reputed eccentric. He is best known as the writer of The Song of the Western Men with its chorus line of And shall Trelawny die? / Here's twenty thousand Cornish men / will know the reason why!, which he published anonymously in 1825. His name became known after Charles Dickens acknowledged his authorship of "The Song of the Western Men" in the serial magazine Household Words. was born in the vicarage of Charles Church, Plymouth, on 3 December 1803, He was the eldest of nine children and grandson of Robert Hawker, vicar of Charles Church. When he was about ten years old his father, Jacob Stephen Hawker, took Holy Orders and left Plymouth to become curate of Altarnun, leaving him in the care of his grandparents. By this time Hawker was already reading and writing poetry. He was educated at Liskeard Grammar School and Cheltenham Grammar School. His marriage, along with a legacy, helped to finance his studies at Pembroke College, Oxford. He graduated in 1827 and won the 1827 Newdigate Prize for poetry. was ordained in 1831, becoming curate at North Tamerton and then, in 1834, vicar of the church at Morwenstow, where he remained throughout his life. When he arrived at Morwenstow there had not been a vicar in residence for over a century. Smugglers and wreckers were apparently numerous in the area.


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  • Created by: julia&keld
  • Added: 18 Dec 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 121883705
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Stephen Hawker (3 Dec 1803–15 Aug 1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 121883705, citing Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth, Plymouth Unitary Authority, Devon, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .