Borrow, George Henry

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Borrow, George Henry Gender: M
born on 5 July 1803 at 19:00 (= 7:00 PM )
Place East Dereham, England, 52n41, 0e56
Timezone LMT m0e56 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 12°42' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 24°07 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 23°54'

George Henry Borrow
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British author and traveler who published a Gypsy Dictionary, and, in 1843, a book of his experiences in Spain. The son of a professional soldier, he led a wandering childhood, moving around the British Isles. At the Royal Grammar School in Norwich he began his study of languages, eventually becoming proficient in twenty. His own travels were extensive: rural England with gypsies and as an agent of British and Foreign Bible Society, he traveled to Russia, Portugal and Spain. His travel book, "The Bible in Spain," was three volumes and made him famous, followed by autobiographical novels and the dictionary of the Gypsy language.

Borrow's married Mary Clarke, a widow eight years his senior in 1840 and settled in Oulton Broad, Norfolk. After living in London and the Continent, he returned to Oulton Broad where he died 7/26/1881.

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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1843 (Book of experiences in Spain)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 26 July 1881 at 12:00 noon in Oulton Broad, Norfolk (Age 78)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield cites him quoted in "In the Footsteps of Borrow & Fitzgerald" by Morley Adams (Jarrold & Sons, 1900): "East Dereham ... Here it was that George Borrow first saw the light of day: 'On an evening of July, in the year 1 8 — , at East D , a beautiful little town in a certain district of East Anglia, I first saw the light.'" Scholfield speculates 7pm.

Original data had 12 noon with these source notes: NN No.811, spec.


  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Book of experiences in Spain)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Gypsy Dictionary)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Languages (Twenty languages plus a dictionary)