Sir George Somers

Sir George Somers

Birth
Death 9 Nov 1610 (aged 55–56)
Burial Whitchurch Canonicorum, West Dorset District, Dorset, England
Memorial ID 28449650 · View Source
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Admiral, merchant, politician of Elizabethan times, best known for colonisation of Virginia and founding of Bermuda.. In 1600, he commanded HMS Vanguard which captured a Spanish treasure ship. In 1601, he captained HMS Swiftsure during the attack of the Spanish fleet off Kinsale and helped repel the Spanish invasion of Ireland. In 1603 he was knighted by King James I and became M.P. for Lyme Regis. In 1606, he became a founder member of the Virginia Company. In 1609 he was made Admiral of the Virginia Company's Third Supply Relief Fleet, sailing from London and then Plymouth, bound for Virginia, Jamestown. The fleet got scattered when the flagship "Sea Venture" of the British Third Supply Fleet, was caught in a storm, which blew the ship far off course and wrecked it on a Bermuda reef. Somers and all aboard the Sea Venture were presumed dead by those who continued on to Virginia. In fact, all 150 crew and colonists were saved. This incident is believed to be one of the inspirations for William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. It also marked the beginning of the colonisation of Bermuda, England's first Crown Colony. At the time Bermuda was known as 'Virgineola' in tribute to the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I. But with King James I, the islands were renamed the Somers Isles, still today Bermuda's official alternate name. Somers' heart was buried in Bermuda but his body, pickled in a barrel, was landed on the Cobb at Lyme Regis in 1618 and brought to Whitchurch Canonicorum.


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  • Created by: julia&keld
  • Added: 21 Jul 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28449650
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir George Somers (1554–9 Nov 1610), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28449650, citing St Candida and Holy Cross Churchyard, Whitchurch Canonicorum, West Dorset District, Dorset, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .