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  1. Robert Burns

    • Born: 25 January 1759
    • Died: 21 July 1796
    • Memorial: 7 March 1885
    • Profession: Poet
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Bust

    A white marble bust of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns is on the wall of Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey near the memorial to fellow Scottish poet James Thomson. Bust by Sir John Steell.

  2. Samuel Butler

    • Died: 25 September 1680
    • Profession: Poet
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Bust

    In the east aisle of Poets' Corner is a memorial to satirist Samuel Butler, possibly by J.M.Rysbrack. This was originally floor standing but was reduced and moved up onto the wall when Thomas Gray's memorial was put in.

  3. Lord Byron

    • Born: 22 January 1788
    • Died: 19 April 1824
    • Memorial: 8 May 1969
    • Profession: Poet
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Stone

    The memorial stone to George, 6th Baron Byron in Poets' Corner Westminster Abbey was given by the Poetry Society and unveiled on 8 May 1969.

  4. Caedmon

    • Profession: Poet
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Stone

    A memorial stone to early English poet Caedmon was unveiled in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey in 1966.

  5. William Camden

    • Died: 9 November 1623
    • Burial: 19 November 1623
    • Profession: Writer; Historian
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Bust

    William Camden, author and antiquary, was buried in the south transept of Westminster Abbey on 19 November 1623.

  6. Thomas Campbell

    • Born: 21 July 1777
    • Died: 15 June 1844
    • Profession: Writer; Poet
    • Location in the Abbey: Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Statue

    Poet and writer Thomas Campbell is buried in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. He has a life sized statue near Shakespeare's memorial, by sculptor W.Calder Marshall 1848.

  7. John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll

    • Born: 10 October 1680
    • Died: 4 October 1745
    • Burial: 15 October 1745
    • Profession: Soldier
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner; Lady Chapel
    • Type of Memorial: Grave; Statue

    John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll and 1st Duke of Greenwich, orator and soldier, was buried in Henry VII's chapel in Westminster Abbey on 15 October 1743. His large monument, by L.F.Roubiliac, is in the south transept.

  8. Lewis Carroll

    • Born: 27 January 1832
    • Died: 14 January 1898
    • Memorial: 17 December 1982
    • Profession: Writer; Poet
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Stone

    On 17 December 1982 a memorial was dedicated to the poet and writer universally known as Lewis Carroll in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey. The stone was lettered by I.Rees. Click on the blue name to expand this entry.

  9. Henry Francis Cary

    • Born: 6 December 1772
    • Died: 14 August 1844
    • Profession: Writer
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Grave

    Henry Francis Cary, translator of Dante's Divina Commedia into English is buried in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey, not far from Shakespeare's memorial.

  10. Geoffrey Chaucer

    • Died: 25 October 1400
    • Profession: Scientist; Writer; Poet
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Tomb

    Geoffrey Chaucer is buried in the south transept of Westminster Abbey. As the author of The Canterbury Tales Chaucer is, next to Shakespeare, perhaps the most famous English poet, and has been called “The Father of English Poetry”.

  11. John Clare

    • Born: 13 July 1793
    • Died: 20 May 1864
    • Memorial: 13 June 1989
    • Profession: Poet
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Tablet

    On 13 June 1989 Ted Hughes, Poet Laureate, unveiled a memorial to nature poet John Clare in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey. The tablet was designed by Donald Buttress.

  12. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    • Born: 21 October 1772
    • Died: 25 July 1834
    • Profession: Poet
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Bust

    On a pillar in Poets' Corner Westminster Abbey is a bust of poet and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge. By Sir William H.Thornycroft. Given by Dr Mercer of the USA.

  13. Abraham Cowley

    • Died: 28 July 1667
    • Burial: 3 August 1667
    • Profession: Poet
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Grave; Tablet

    In Poets' Corner Westminster Abbey is the grave and white marble monument to poet Abraham Cowley. The monument is by sculptor John Bushnell.

  14. Richard Cumberland

    • Died: 7 May 1811
    • Profession: Writer; Playwright
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Grave

    Playwright and novelist Richard Cumberland is buried in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. His grave is next to that of actor John Henderson and near to the grave of his friend Dr Samuel Johnson.

  15. Sir William Davenant

    • Burial: 9 April 1668
    • Profession: Poet
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Grave

    The poet Sir William Davenant (or D'Avenant) is buried in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. Click on the blue name to expand this entry.

  16. Charles de St.Denis, Sieur de St. Evremond

    • Died: 9 September 1703
    • Profession: Writer; Soldier
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Grave; Plaque

    Charles de St.Denis, Sieur (or Lord) of St Evremond, soldier, writer, gourmet and wit, was buried in the centre part of Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. His memorial is on the west wall of the east aisle.

  17. Sir John Denham

    • Burial: 23 March 1669
    • Profession: Poet
    • Location in the Abbey: Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Grave

    Sir John Denham, poet, was buried on 23 March 1669 in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey, near Chaucer's tomb.

  18. Charles Dickens

    • Born: 7 February 1812
    • Died: 9 June 1870
    • Burial: 14 June 1870
    • Profession: Writer; Novelist
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Grave

    A small stone with a simple inscription marks the grave of Charles Dickens, famous English novelist, in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey.

  19. Michael Drayton

    • Profession: Poet
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Bust

    In Poets' Corner Westminster Abbey is a monument to poet Michael Drayton (or Draiton), by sculptor Edward Marshall.

  20. John Dryden

    • Born: 9 August 1631
    • Died: 1 May 1700
    • Profession: Poet; Playwright
    • Location in the Abbey: South Transept; Poets' Corner
    • Type of Memorial: Bust

    John Dryden, Poet Laureate and dramatist, is buried in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. His bust is by Peter Scheemakers.

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