William Barnes (22 February 1801 – 7 October 1886) was an English polymath, writer, poet, philologist, priest, mathematician, engraving artist and inventor. He wrote over 800 poems, some in Dorset dialect, and much other work, including a comprehensive English grammar quoting from more than 70 different languages. A linguistic purist, Barnes strongly advocated against borrowing foreign words into English, and instead supported the use and proliferation of "strong old Anglo-Saxon speech".
|Born||22 February 1801|
Bagber, Dorset, England
|Died||7 October 1886 (aged 85)|
Winterborne Came, Dorset, England
|Buried||St Peter's Church, Winterborne Came, Dorset, England|
|Alma mater||St John's College, Cambridge|
A nineteenth-century English author, poet, and minister, he is most remembered for his 1879 work, Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect. Over the course of his career, he published nearly a thousand poems, including such Dorset dialect works as The Love Child.
He was the child of a Dorset farmer.
He studied at St. John's College, Cambridge and served as rector at several Church of England parishes.
He was a prominent philologist and linguistic expert.
He and Thomas Hardy were literary contemporaries and friends.
● William Barnes was born on February 22, 1801 (age 85) in England ● He is a celebrity poet ● His popular books are Poems of rural life in the Dorse... (1844), Poems of William Barnes, Select poems of William B..., Poems in the Dorset dialect (1864) and William Barnes: The Dors ● He attended St John's College, Cambridge (1851)● He died on October 7, 1886, Dorset, United Kingdom
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