Who was he?
George Edward Bateman Saintsbury (23 October 1845 - 28
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
Why was he in Bath?
He retired to 1A Royal Crescent and died there in 1933:
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 [no1royalcrescent.org.uk]. The enlarged museum
opened on 21st June 2013.
Location map of 1a, Royal Crescent:
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