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George Saintsbury

Who was he?

Wikipedia:   George Edward Bateman Saintsbury (23 October 1845 - 28 January 1933), was an English writer and critic. In 1895 he became professor of rhetoric and English literature at the University of Edinburgh, a position he held until 1915.

Although Saintsbury was best known as a scholar during his lifetime, he is perhaps best remembered today for his Notes on a Cellar-Book (1920), one of the great testimonials to drink and drinking in wine literature. When he was close to death, André Simon arranged a dinner in his honour. Although Saintsbury did not attend, this was the start of the Saintsbury Club, men of letters and members of the wine trade who continue to have dinners to this day.

Why was he in Bath?

He retired to 1A Royal Crescent and died there in 1933:
Location of plaque at  1a, Royal Crescent

George Saintsbury plaque

The text reads

"Here lived George Saintsbury F.B.A., M.A., Hon. L.L.D., D.Litt. 1916 - 1933."

In 2006, 1a was bought by the Brownsword Charitable Foundation with the intention that it should be reunited with No.1 as an extended historic house museum with better educational and visitor facilities and additional exhibition space []. The enlarged museum opened on 21st June 2013.

Location map of 1a, Royal Crescent:
George Saintsbury location map



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