She once retaliated and, in a fit of temper, referred to him as "a lame brat." However, Byron biographer, Doris Langley-Moore, in her 1974 book, Accounts Rendered, paints a more sympathetic view of Mrs Byron, showing how she was a staunch supporter of her son and sacrificed her own precarious finances to keep him in luxury at Harrow and Cambridge.
Upon the death of Byron's mother-in-law Judith Noel, the Hon.
Lady Milbanke, in 1822, her will required that he change his surname to "Noel" so as to inherit half of her estate.
(22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), known as Lord Byron, was an English nobleman, poet, peer, politician, and leading figure in the Romantic movement.
He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential.
Vice Admiral John Byron had circumnavigated the globe and was the younger brother of the 5th Baron Byron, known as "the Wicked Lord".
He was christened at St Marylebone Parish Church "George Gordon Byron" after his maternal grandfather George Gordon of Gight, a descendant of James I of Scotland, who had committed suicide Byron's mother had to sell her land and title to pay her new husband's debts, and in the space of two years the large estate, worth some £23,500, had been squandered, leaving the former heiress with an annual income in trust of only £150.Described as "a woman without judgment or self-command," Catherine either spoiled and indulged her son or vexed him with her capricious stubbornness.Her drinking disgusted him and he often mocked her for being short and corpulent, which made it difficult for her to catch him to discipline him.He obtained a Royal Warrant allowing him to "take and use the surname of Noel only." The Royal Warrant also allowed him to "subscribe the said surname of Noel before all titles of honour," and from that point he signed himself "Noel Byron" (the usual signature of a peer being merely the peerage, in this case simply "Byron").It is speculated that this was so that his initials would read "N.Byron's paternal grandparents were Vice-Admiral the Hon.