Walter Raleigh

1554 - 1618

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Sir Walter Raleigh, (; c. 1552 – 29 October 1618) also spelled Ralegh, was an English statesman, soldier, spy, writer, poet, explorer and landed gentleman. One of the most notable figures of the Elizabethan era, he played a leading part in English colonisation of North America, suppressed rebellion in Ireland, helped defend England during the Spanish Armada and held political positions under Elizabeth I. Raleigh was born to a Protestant family in Devon, the son of Walter Raleigh and Catherine Champernowne, and a cousin of Sir Richard Grenville and younger half-brother of Sir Humphrey Gilbert. Little is known of his early life, though in his late teens he spent some time in France taking part in the religious civil wars. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Raleigh has received more than 4,503,747 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Walter Raleigh is the 579th most popular writer (down from 525th in 2019), the 434th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 372nd in 2019) and the 57th most popular British Writer.

Walter Raleigh is most famous for his explorations and for founding the first English colony in North America.

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Among writers, Walter Raleigh ranks 579 out of 5,794Before him are Samuel Butler, Wang Wei, Francesca da Rimini, Franz Werfel, William McMaster Murdoch, and Adam de la Halle. After him are Juana Inés de la Cruz, Walther von der Vogelweide, Edward Bernays, Thomas Hardy, Oliver Sacks, and Denis of Portugal.

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Among people born in 1554, Walter Raleigh ranks 4Before him are Pope Gregory XV, Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of France, and Sebastian of Portugal. After him are Charles, Duke of Mayenne, Philip William, Prince of Orange, Philip Sidney, Bálint Balassi, Ernest of Bavaria, Louis III, Duke of Württemberg, Richard Hooker, and John Lyly. Among people deceased in 1618, Walter Raleigh ranks 2Before him is Giulio Caccini. After him are Maximilian III, Archduke of Austria, Anna of Tyrol, Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia, Philip William, Prince of Orange, Powhatan, Giovanni Bembo, John George I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, Nicolò Donato, and Gerbrand Bredero.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Walter Raleigh ranks 434 out of 6,924Before him are Olivia Newton-John (1948), Jim Clark (1936), Samuel Butler (1835), Robert II of Scotland (1316), William McMaster Murdoch (1873), and Isaac Barrow (1631). After him are John Dowland (1563), James IV of Scotland (1473), Thomas Hardy (1840), Edgar the Peaceful (943), Erasmus Darwin (1731), and Frederick Gowland Hopkins (1861).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Walter Raleigh ranks 57Before him are Philip Larkin (1922), A. J. Cronin (1896), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849), Samuel Butler (1835), and William McMaster Murdoch (1873). After him are Thomas Hardy (1840), Oliver Sacks (1933), Anthony Burgess (1917), John le Carré (1931), Geoffrey of Monmouth (1090), and Jerome K. Jerome (1859).