7 March 2015

Blackburn Cemetery #1: John Thomas Baron

The sorry state of the grave of John Thomas Baron (1856–1922) in Blackburn Cemetery, apparently due to vandalism rather than disrepair. Baron was a (mainly dialect) poet who was born at 42 Chapel Street, Blackburn, and often used the pseudonym 'Jack o' Ann's' after his mother. Although he never published any books of his poetry, his many works appeared in a large number of papers such as the Blackburn Times, the Blackpool Gazette, and the Preston Chronicle.  His younger brother William also wrote poetry and used the pseudonym 'Bill o' Jack's' after his father.

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