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Sir Walter Raleigh
Birth: Jan. 22, 1552
East Budleigh
East Devon District
Devon, England
Death: Oct. 29, 1618
London
City of London
Greater London, England

Poet, Adventurer, Explorer. Colonizer of Roanake island in America. Credited with introducing potatoes and tobacco to England. Put down an Irish rebellion in Ulster in 1580. Became Governor of Jersey. In 1596 he sacked Cadiz. Explored Trinidad and sailed up the Orinoco in search of a gold mine. Wrote flattering poetry to Elizabeth I to secure his release from the tower of London. He was later re-arrested and beheaded in the Old Palace yard. His wife Bess took the head home in a leather bag, (as was the custom of the day). She had it embalmed and she kept it in a cupboard to show her husband's admirers. His severed head is believed to have been buried in his sons (Carew) grave in Saint Margarets. His body is buried in Saint Margaret's in the Chancel of the church, abutting Westminster, south of the altar. Raleigh, North Carolina is named for him. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Walter Raleigh (____ - 1581)
  Katherine Champernowne Raleigh (1519 - 1594)
 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Throckmorton Raleigh (1565 - 1647)*
 
 Children:
  George Raleigh (____ - 1597)*
  Edward Sutton Smalley (1589 - 1665)*
  Carew Raleigh (1605 - 1666)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Gilbert (1533 - 1596)**
  Humphrey Gilbert (1539 - 1583)**
  Carew Raleigh (1550 - 1627)*
  Walter Raleigh (1552 - 1618)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
St Margaret Churchyard
Westminster
City of Westminster
Greater London, England
Plot: south of the alter
 
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Record added: Aug 28, 2000
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