Today is the 250th birthday of English poet and diarist Dorothy Wordsworth (1771, Cockermouth, Cumberland ).
Dorothy was the sister of William Wordsworth. For a long time, many dismissed Dorothy as simply her brother’s handmaid — she diligently wrote out his poems — but she wrote every day in her diary. William cribbed some of his most famous lines for poems like “I Wandered lonely as a Cloud” from his sister’s meticulous journals.
Dorothy Wordsworth’s parents died when she was a child, and she and William were sent to live with various relatives. Dorothy was always sensitive. The first time she saw the sea as a little girl, she burst into tears. When she and William were finally reunited, they never left each other, not for the rest of their lives.
Not least because William married his sister's best friend, Mary Hutchinson.
Their house in the Lake District, called Rydal Mount, is now kept as a small museum.
Have you stopped there when walking the area?