William Butler Yeats was born on June 13, 1865 in Dublin. His father, John Butler Yeats, was a lawyer turned painter. In 1867 the family followed him to London and settled in Bedford Park. In 1881 they returned to Dublin. His mother, Susan Mary Pollexfen, came from a wealthy merchant family in the county town Sligo, County Sligo, who owned a milling and shipping business.