George Borrow

George Borrow

Birth
Dereham, Breckland Borough, Norfolk, England
Death 26 Jul 1881 (aged 78)
Lowestoft, Waveney District, Suffolk, England
Burial West Brompton, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 18500408 · View Source
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British Author. He wrote novels and travelogues based on his own experiences around Europe, where he developed a close affinity with nomadic gypsies. His best-known book was perhaps "Lavengro". Born in Norfolk, the son of a recruiting officer, he was educated at Norfolk Grammer School and Edinburgh High School. In 1825, he embarked on his first tour of Europe through France, Germany, Russia, Portugal, Spain and Morrocco acqainting himself with the people and languages of the various countries he visited. He translated Von Klinger's "Faustus, His Life, Death and Descent into Hell" first published in St Peterberg in 1791. In 1833, he travelled to St Petersberg as a agent of the Bible Society to supervise a translation of the bible into Manchu. In Russia, he had an affinity with the nomadic people and was fascinated with their customs, songs and dance, writing a dictionary on their language, including "Zincali" an account of the gypsies of Spain (1841). In 1835, he travelled to Spain and published "The Bible of Spain"(1843). He returned to England and married Mary Clarke, settling in Suffolk. In 1844, he made his last trip overseas to Istanbul and the rest of his travels were made in the UK, which produced "Wild Wales (1862).

Bio by: s.canning


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 18500408
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Borrow (5 Jul 1803–26 Jul 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18500408, citing Brompton Cemetery, West Brompton, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .