William Foster Barham

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William Foster Barham (22 October 1802 – 28 January 1845) was an English poet.

Barham was the third son of Thomas Barham Foster. He was born at Marazion, in Cornwall, 22 October 1802. He was educated in the grammar schools of Bodmin and Leeds, and then proceeded to Trinity College, Cambridge.[1] He won the Porson Prize in 1821 and 1822, and graduated B.A. in 1824 as twenty-second senior optime, second in the first class of the classical tripos, and second chancellor's medallist. He went out M.A. in 1827. His death occurred in Kent on 28 January 1845.[2]

He was the author of an unpublished poem on Moskow. His Greek versions of portions of Othello and Julius Cæsar are printed in a volume of Translations which have obtained the Porson Prize from 1817 to 1856, 2nd edit., Camb. 1857, pp. 16–23.


  1. ^ "Barham, William Foster (BRN820WF)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ Venn. The DNB gives his date of death only as 'about 1847'.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Barham, William Foster". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.