Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618), English explorer

17Jul10

Sir Walter Raleigh was an English explorer, writer, soldier and courtier.

Raleigh, North Carolina was named for him.

He is probably best know in United States history for his early settlement of Virginia, in the failed colony of Roanoke.

He also is credited with bring tobacco to England, and with bringing the legend and obsession with El Dorado (the lost city of gold) to England.

He was executed by order of King James I of England at Whitehall in 1618, beheaded by an axe, to appease the Spanish ambassador.

His head was embalmed, and returned to his wife, where rumor has it she carried it with her, in a velvet bag, for the rest of her life.

Sir Walter Raleigh’s wife Elizabeth Throckmorton is my 4th cousin 18 times removed.

Jerry Milo Johnson to Sir Walter Raleigh

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2 Responses to “Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618), English explorer”

  1. 1 Sue Montgomery

    Hello, I read the information you posted on James W. Montgomery and Sarah Herwig Montgomery. They are my great grandparents and I knew Sarah (Sadie). Much of the information you have on their birth/death dates and that of my grandfather, Perry, and the names of his brothers is wrong. Please let me know if you would like the correct information. I have that. We have an extensive family geneology.


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