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Robert Stephen Hawker

Robert Stephen Hawker (b. Stoke Damerell[?] December 3, 1803 d. August 15, 1875 in Plymouth) was the poet vicar and antiquarian of Morwenstow[?] in Cornwall, and best known as the writer of Cornwall's "national anthem" "The Song of the Western Men", better known for its chorus line "And shall Trelawney die?". His name became nationally famous after Charles Dickens acknowledged his authorship of "The Song of the Western Men" in the serial magazine Household Words.

His eccentric life was the subject of the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould's The Vicar of Morwenstow (1875). The book was not well-received by Hawker's many friends.

He is buried in Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth, England.



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