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Wordsworth Trust leader mourned
The president of the Wordsworth Trust, who was also a descendant of the poet's brother, has died.

Professor Jonathan Wordsworth, who died on Wednesday at the age of 73, was one of the most distinguished Romantic scholars of the 20th Century.

A trustee of the trust, based at Grasmere in Cumbria, he become chairman in 1976 and was appointed to the new post of president in 2002.

He was descended from Christopher Wordsworth, the poet's younger brother.

He was also, most recently, the prime founder and organiser of the international Wordsworth summer conference and the Wordsworth winter school in Grasmere.

'Unfailingly kind'

David Wilson, director of the Wordsworth Trust, said: "Jonathan Wordsworth did much to promote the trust through his decades of service and his passion for the works of the poets and writers of the Romantic age.

"He was unfailingly kind in his desire to promote knowledge of Romanticism, generously sharing the fruits of his scholarship with all who were interested, irrespective of whether they were academics, specialists, or interested members of the public.

"The trustees and staff of the trust will greatly mourn him."

He is survived by two of his three wives and his seven children.

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