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Allegra Byron
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    (January 12, 1817-April 20, 1822)
    Born in Bath, United Kingdom
    Originally called Alba, later baptized Clara Allegra Byron
    Illegitimate daughter of Lord Byron and Claire Claremont (stepsister of Mary Shelley)
    Half sister of Ada Lovelace
    Lived with several different families, including Leigh Hunt's and Percy Bysshe Shelley's, until her father put her in an Italian convent when she was four
    Died of typhus or malaria
    Her teenage mother hounded Byron like a groupie until he slept with her.
    She became impossible to control (probably because she kept getting passed from one household to another).
    She embarrassed the Shelley family because many assumed Percy was her father.
    Her mother blamed Byron for her early death.
    Shortly before he drowned, Shelley dreamed she rose from the sea and summoned him.
    She has a small cult following among morbid poetry lovers.
    She was one of the first ‘celebrity babies’ (albeit posthumously).
    She resembled her father in looks and personality.
    She was talented at singing and mimicry.
    Byron claimed to dote on her but rarely saw her.
    She bonded with the nuns at her convent and grew better behaved.
    She was buried in an unmarked grave because she was illegitimate (a monument was finally provided by the Byron Society in 1980).

Credit: Georgina


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