Swinburne, Algernon

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Swinburne, Algernon Gender: M
Swinburne, Algernon Charles
born on 5 April 1837 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone LMT m0w10 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 15°12' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 13°57 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 25°54'

Algernon Swinburne


British poet of the Pre-Raphaelite movement whose unconventional views and personal life shocked society, notably with his work, "Poems and Ballads." He also caused society to shudder with his play, "Atlanta In Calydon."

Known as a masochist who loved to be flogged, he was suspected of being a homosexual, although no hard evidence was present. Dissipation undermined his health and he lived a quiet life after 1880. When he was dying of alcoholic dysentery in 1879, an admirer of his work, Theodore Watts, took him into his care and gave him 30 years more of stable, healthy life. They rented a house together where Watts' care was so tactful that he was unobtrusive; for example, he weaned Swinburne from hard liquor to pale ale. Their close friendship even survived Watts' marriage, to a 21-year-old girl when he was 73.

Four years later, in 1909, Swinburne wandered off onto Wimbledon Common and, wet through, caught a fatal chill which led to double pneumonia. He died quietly on 4/10/1909, 10:00 AM, with a smile on his lips. Strongly anti-religious, he had made Watts promise that there would be no burial service. To suit the family, there was a compromise: the vicar read the service on the way to the burial site.

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  • Health : Decumbiture 1879 (Slowly dying of alcoholic dysentery)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1880 (Moved in with Theodore Watts)
  • Death by Disease 10 April 1909 (Double pneumonia, age 72)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Gene Lockhart quotes J.O. Fuller, "Algernon Swinburne," 1968. Same in Sabian Symbols No.884.

(Formerly, Marc Edmund Jones gave 10:47 AM in "Guide to Horoscope Interpretation.)

William Breeze writes that Valerie Burns found "The 5:00 AM birth time appears in three different sources, including both editions of Jean Overton Fuller's biography. The oldest of the citations is from a French-language biography entitled "La Jeunesse de Swinburne" by Georges Lafourcade dated 1928. He also wrote an English-language book on Swinburne but didn't include the birth time in that version--at least not where I could find it easily, anyway" Breeze continues, "So you might want to cite Lafourcade if you don't already, and if you do please give any credit to Valerie."

Sy Scholfield cites data from Swinburne's father recorded in a diary entry written by the poet's aunt as quoted in the book, "Algernon Charles Swinburne: Personal Recollections by His Cousin, Mrs. Disney Leith" (G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1917), p. 253: "Some old diaries kept by Miss Julia Swinburne, aunt of the poet, also contain some entries — of the shortest, but not without interest — regarding Algernon. On the 7th April, 1837, occurs the line — 'Heard from Charles that J. had a son born Ap. 5th, 5 AM.'"


  • Traits : Body : Constitution sensitive (Health undermined by alcoholic dissipation)
  • Traits : Personality : Eccentric (Highly unconventional)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Pneumonia (Double pneumonia, terminal)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol
  • Passions : Sexuality : Dominant/ Submissive (Liked to be flogged)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book