William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth
Birth and death
1770 - 1850
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Alistair Grant

William Wordsworth, (1770-1850), poet. Francis Wrangham, the curate of St Andrews in Cobham, became friends with Wordsworth through their mutual friend, Basil Montagu. William Wordsworth is known to have visited Wrangham at Cobham with Montagu in July 1795. Wordsworth and Wrangham also collaborated on writing a Juvenalian satire. Through Wrangham and Montagu, Wordsworth met John and Azariah Pinney, sons of a wealthy merchant and plantation owner from Bristol. The Pinneys gave Wordsworth, and his sister Dorothy, the rent-free tenancy of 'Racedown Lodge' in Dorset; along with fifty pounds a year to look after Montagu's son, also called Basil, whose mother had recently died. Travelling to take up residence in 'Racedown Lodge', Wordsworth stayed in Bristol with John Pinney Senior, and it was there that he met Robert Southey and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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