Byron, George Gordon, sixth baron (1788-1824), poet and playwright. Born London, raised in Aberdeen, succeeded to title 1798, educated Harrow, Trinity College, Cambridge. Byron first published in 1807 and his first great literary triumph came in March 1812 with the publication of the first two cantos of Childe Harolde. Notoriety for purported moral lapses and fame for his poetry made Byron an internationally recognized figure for the remaining twelve years of his life, with such publications as The Prisoner of Chillon (1816), Manfred (1817), Don Juan (1819-24) and The Vision of Judgement (1822). During the 1830s and 1840s Byron remained supreme on the contemporary literary scene despite the criticisms of such writers as Scott and Carlyle (1795-1881) of what they perceived as a reprehensible, self-indulgent egotism manifested in the poet's life and writings (see Ruskin and Byron).