William McGonagall

1825 - 1902

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William Topaz McGonagall (March 1825 – 29 September 1902) was a Scottish poet of Irish descent. He won notoriety as an extremely bad poet who exhibited no recognition of, or concern for, his peers' opinions of his work. He wrote about 200 poems, including "The Tay Bridge Disaster" and "The Famous Tay Whale", which are widely regarded as some of the worst in English literature. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William McGonagall has received more than 606,618 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia. William McGonagall is the 4,292nd most popular writer (down from 3,114th in 2019), the 3,255th most popular biography from United Kingdom and the 388th most popular British Writer.

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Among writers, William McGonagall ranks 4,292 out of 5,794Before him are Béatrix Beck, Horatio Alger, Marguerite Audoux, Ann Druyan, František Čelakovský, and Dušan Kovačević. After him are Ioannis Chrysafis, José Luandino Vieira, Adolf Brand, Johan Henric Kellgren, Margery Allingham, and Eugene Znosko-Borovsky.

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Among people born in 1825, William McGonagall ranks 61Before him are Prince Hermann of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Ferdinand von Mueller, Francesco Faà di Bruno, Domingo Santa María, Emil Welti, and Anton Heinrich Springer. After him are Aleksey Pleshcheyev, Federico Errázuriz Zañartu, George Inness, R. M. Ballantyne, A. P. Hill, and John Lawrence LeConte. Among people deceased in 1902, William McGonagall ranks 60Before him are Walter Hauser, John Wesley Powell, Johannes Wislicenus, Gustave Trouvé, Gleb Uspensky, and Emil Holub. After him are Julia Grant, Almon Brown Strowger, John Houlding, Franz Sigel, Walter Reed, and Enrique Gaspar y Rimbau.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, William McGonagall ranks 3,255 out of 6,924Before him are Simon Fuller (1960), Grey Owl (1888), William Robert Brooks (1844), Keith Campbell (1954), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (1990), and Hywel Dda (880). After him are Michael Carrick (1981), Margery Allingham (1904), Peter Mark Roget (1779), Anthony Head (1954), David Richards (1952), and Edgar Wright (1974).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, William McGonagall ranks 388Before him are Aneirin (525), John Mawe (1764), Sax Rohmer (1883), William Davenant (1606), Cynewulf (900), and Grey Owl (1888). After him are Margery Allingham (1904), Bruno Heller (1960), Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835), Norman Smith (1923), Jonathan Coe (1961), and Walter Savage Landor (1775).