William Wordsworth was born in Cockermouth, Cumberland, on April
7th, 1770. He had an elder brother, Richard, born in 1768. His
sister, Dorothy, was born in 1771, followed by John, 1772, and
Christopher, 1774. Wordsworth's father (John Wordsworth) was law
agent to Sir James Lowther (later Earl of Lonsdale), the richest
and most powerful political magnate in the north-west. The family
owed everything to him, and lived rent free in the most impressive
house and grounds in Cockermouth High Street.
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Williams, John R.. "William Wordsworth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 October 2000
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