|Henry Austin Dobson is buried in the Westminster
Cemetery, Uxbridge Rd, Hanwell, Middlesex, England. (Grave number 7800 behind
Grave of Henry Dobson
Photograph by Andy Whitfield
Dobson was born in
Plymouth on 18th Jan 1840. He was the son of an engineer and was
educated at Beaumaris Grammar School and in Strasbourg.
At the age of 16 he joined the Board of Trade and worked there
until his retirement in 1901- rising to the position of Principal in
the Harbour Department.
He is particularly remembered for his use of
French verse forms
such as the chant royal, the virelai nouveau, the triolet and the
rondel. He also had a great interest in 18th Century French society
and was accomplished at writing
vers de société.
Dobson's poetry collections include
Vignettes in Rhyme, Proverbs in Porcelain and At the Sign of
The poem below is a thirteen line rondel.