George Gordon Byron was born in Holles Street, London, England, United Kingdom on January 22, 1788. His Scottish mother, Catherine Gordon of Gight, was the second wife of Captain John ("Mad Jack") Byron, whose first wife, the Marchioness of Carmarthen, died after bearing him a daughter, Augusta. The captain had spent most of the Gordon inheritance before he died in 1791.
In 1798, on the death of his great-uncle William, the "Wicked" Lord Byron, the boy became Sixth Baron Byron. His mother took him to live at Newstead Abbey, the estate near Nottingham which had come into the family by gift from Henry VIII.