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Sir Walter Raleigh Timeline

The famous Elizabethan courtier and explorer
Dates relating to his early life and family,
Establishing the Virginia colony of Roanoke Island
His imprisonment in the Tower of London and his famous writings
His execution

Why was Sir Walter Raleigh famous?
Sir Walter Raleigh was famous for establishing the Virginia colony of Roanoke Island and introducing tobacco and the potato to Europe. As a famous courtier in the court of Queen Elizabeth I where he was reputed to have placed his cloak over a puddle in order to prevent her from muddying her shoes.

Sir Walter Raleigh Timeline

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Short Biography of Sir Walter Raleigh
Date of Birth: Born in 1552
Place of Birth : Hayes Barton in Devonshire, England
Parents: Father - Walter Raleigh
             Mother: Katherine Gilbert (née Champernowne)
Background Facts, Information & Ancestry : From a Protestant family. His half brother was the famous explorer Sir Humphrey Gilbert. He was also related to Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Francis Drake



Date of actual birth is unknown. He was born in Hayes Barton in East Budleigh, Devonshire, England. He was initially educated by a home tutor



The young Raleigh joined a troop of a hundred horse, raised by a family member called the Compte de Montgomerie



August 24:   He witnesses the St Bartholomew's Day massacre where French Protestants were massacred by French Catholics in Paris



Attended Oriel College, Oxford



Became a member of the Middle Temple



Walter Raleigh sails with his half brother, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, to America



Has an illegitimate daughter by a local woman called Alice Goold



Raleigh helps to put down the Irish rebellion and becomes a favourite of Queen Elizabeth. and becomes extremely wealthy from lucrative wine monopolies he is granted by the Queen



He founded the secret society called "The School of Night" which was closely related to the mysterious Rosicrucian movement



March 25: Walter Raleigh receives the patent to explore and settle in North America

June: Walter Raleigh's fleet of seven vessels under Richard Grenville and Ralph Lane, with 108 men, reach Roanoke Island

June 4: Virginia colony of Roanoke Island established by Walter Raleigh



January 6: Queen Elizabeth knights Walter Raleigh and makes him governor of the new territory discovered by Amadas and Barlowe. Raleigh names it "Virginia" in her honor



Sir Francis Walsingham and Sir Walter Raleigh discover plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth and replace her with Mary Queen of Scots (called the Babington Plot)



July 22: Sir Walter Raleigh backs the first English Colony in North America (North Carolina) led by John White to the English Roanoke Colony

August 18: Virginia Dare born in Roanoke colony , the first English child born in North America

Became captain of the Queen's guard.



Raleigh donated "Ark Royal" to the English navy to lead the English fleet against the Spanish Armada

Sir Walter Raleigh was responsible for the joint defence of Devon and Cornwall against the expected Spanish invasion



:Sir Walter Raleigh & Sir Richard Grenville guard the sea approaches to Ireland



Married Elizabeth (Bessie) Throckmorton incurring the wrath of Queen Elizabeth when she discovers that he has married one her ladies in waiting. Queen Elizabeth sends Sir Walter Raleigh to the Tower of London

He Is released when one of his ships brings back a huge treasure on the captured Spanish ship called the "Madre De Dios"



Walter and Bessie have a son, also called Walter



6 February: Sir Walter Raleigh leaves England to sail to the New World looking for the city of El Dorado

Sir Walter Raleigh fails to find the City of Gold but explores the Orinoco



Appointment as governor of Jersey (one of the Channel Islands)



24 March: Queen Elizabeth I dies and is succeeded by King James, the son of Mary Queen of Scots

King James, eager to make peace with the Spanish, imprisons him in the Tower of London on charges of treason



Walter and Bessie have another son called Carew



King James releases Raleigh, who promises to give King James a fortune if he allows him to return to Guiana



He travels to Guiana but his mission fails and he attacks a Spanish settlement



Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for attacking the Spanish

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