George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

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George Bernard (George Bernard) Shaw
Born in Dublin, Irelandmap
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Husband of — married 1 Jun 1898 in Strand, London, Englandmap
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Died in Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire, Englandmap
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George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938), for his contributions to literature and for his work on the film Pygmalion.

Shaw was born in Synge Street, Dublin, on 26 July 1856, the only son and youngest of three children of George Carr Shaw (1814–85), a civil servant, and Lucinda Elizabeth Shaw, (née Gurly; 1830–1913), an aspiring singer and music teacher. He had two sisters, Lucinda Frances (1853–1920), a singer of musical comedy and light opera, and Elinor Agnes (1855–76), who died young of tuberculosis.

In 1898, Shaw married Charlotte Payne-Townshend, a fellow Fabian, whom he survived. They settled in Ayot St Lawrence in a house now called Shaw's Corner. The 1939 register shows George and his wife Charlotte living in this house, where George describes himself as an author, journalist and playwright. [1]. Shaw died there, aged 94, from chronic problems exacerbated by injuries he incurred by falling from a ladder.


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  1. Findmypast 1939 Register Ref: RG101/1675B/009/25 Letter Code:

Burke, John. Shaw of Bushy Park, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 99th Ed. (London: Burke's Peerage, Ltd., 1949) pp. 1821 - 1822. Library Call Number: 929.72.B96

"Descendants of Adam and Eve to Shaw," Descendants of Shaw (Mac~an~Toisich) website

"Descendants of Shaw MacDuff to Bernard Shaw and Frances Carr," Descendants of Shaw (Mac~an~Toisich) website

Henderson, Archibald. George Bernard Shaw: His Life and Works (Cincinnati: Stewart & Kidd, 1911). See the Appendix on p. 513 titled "Genealogical Chart of the Shaw Family of Counties Tipperary, Kilkenny and Dublin, Together with Other Lineal Ancestors of George Bernard Shaw" (attached here in the Image section).

Shaw, Charles MacMahon. Bernard's Brethren. (New York: Henry Holt Co., 1939). A history of the family of George Bernard Shaw with comments by the playwright himself.

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