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Sir Walter Raleigh

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Sir Walter Raleigh

  • Birth 22 Jan 1552 East Budleigh, East Devon District, Devon, England
  • Death 29 Oct 1618 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Burial Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
  • Plot south of the alter
  • Memorial ID 11918

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.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 28 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11918
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Walter Raleigh (22 Jan 1552–29 Oct 1618), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11918, citing St Margaret Churchyard, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .