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Did you know that Edgar Allan Poe lived for a short time in Irvine in Ayrshire? His foster father John Allen was born there, and in 1815 the family crossed the Atlantic to begin a lengthy trip to Britain. For a time the 10 year old Poe studied at the Grammar School in Kirkgatehead, while living in a house at Bridgegate. He later also studied in Chelsea and Stoke Newington .

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