Badham-Thornhill, D. G. B. William Barnes of Dorset. Beaminster, Dorset: J. Stevens Cox, 1964, 19 p.
Brief sketch of Barnes's life.
Baxter, Lucy. The Life of William Barnes: Poet and Philologist. London and New York: Macmillan and Co., 1887, 98 p.
Biography by Barnes's daughter which endeavors to explore both the scholarly and poetic sides of his character.
Colloms, Brenda. "The Rev. William Barnes: Parson, Poet and Philologist, 1801-1886." In Victorian Country Parsons, pp. 124-51. Lincoln: University of Nebraska...
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