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English Walter RALEIGH

English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy, and explorer

Source :  Jacques CHANIS

Born: on January 22, 1552 in Hayes Barton, East Budleigh, Devon, England
Died: on October 29, 1618 in London, England


Little is known about Raleigh's birth. Some historians believe he was born on 22 January 1552, although the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography currently favours a date of 1554. He grew up in the house of Hayes Barton, a farmhouse near the village of East Budleigh, not far from Budleigh Salterton, in Devon. He was the youngest of five sons born to Catherine Champernowne in two successive marriages. His half-brothers, John Gilbert, Humphrey Gilbert, Adrian Gilbert and full brother Carew Raleigh were also prominent during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I. Catherine Champernowne was a niece of Kat Ashley, Elizabeth's governess, who introduced the young men at court.

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