Robert Southey was born in Bristol on 12 August 1774. He was the
eldest surviving child of a linen draper, also named Robert
Southey, and his wife Margaret (née Hill). An older brother, John
Cannon, had died as an infant in 1773 and only three of Robert’s
seven younger siblings (Thomas [b. 1777], Henry Herbert [b. 1783]
and Edward [b. 1788]) survived to adulthood. Distanced from his
younger brothers by age, Southey also spent a large part of his
childhood apart from them, living …
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Pratt, Lynda. "Robert Southey". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2004
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4160, accessed 28 April 2017.]
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