Robert Stephen HawkerRobert Stephen Hawker
(b. Stoke Damerell December 3 1803
d. August 15 1875
) was the poet vicar and antiquarian
of Morwenstow in Cornwall
, and best known as the writer of Cornwall's "national anthem" "The Song of the Western Men", better known for its chorus line "And shall Trelawney die?
". His name became nationally famous after Charles Dickens
acknowledged his authorship of "The Song of the Western Men" in the serial magazine Household Words
His eccentric life was the subject of the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould's The Vicar of Morwenstow (1875). The book was not well-received by Hawker's many friends.
He is buried in Ford Park Cemetery, Plymouth, England.