Walter Raleigh (1554 – 29 October 1618) was an English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, courtier, spy, and explorer.He financed and later led expeditions to the Americas and is given credit for being the first to introduce both tobacco and potatoes to Britain, although this is probably incorrect.
Raleigh was born to a Protestant family in Devon, the son of Walter Raleigh and Catherine Champernowne. Very much in the Queen's favour, he was knighted in 1585. Instrumental in the English colonization of North America, he was granted a royal patent to explore Virginia, paving the way for future English settlements. He secretly married Elizabeth Throckmorton, one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting, without the Queen's permission, for which he and his wife were sent to the Tower of London.
Raleigh was an adventurer, courtier to Elizabeth I, navigator, author and poet.M Walter Raleigh (also spelled Ralegh) was born into a well-connected gentry family at Hayes Barton in Devon in around 1552. He attended Oxford University for a time, fought with the Huguenots in France and later studied law in London.
Hillard, Nicholas - Sir Walter Raleigh “Sir Walter Raleigh (/ˈrɔːli/, /ˈræli/, or /ˈrɑːli/;ca. 1554 – 29 October 1618) was an English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, courtier, spy, and explorer. He is also well known for popularising tobacco in England.” Wiki has a version of the image with better colour balance, but it’s smaller.
In 1591, Raleigh was secretly married to Elizabeth "Bess" Throckmorton (or Throgmorton). She was one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting, eleven years his junior, and was pregnant at the time. She gave birth to a son, believed to be named Damerei, who was given to a wet nurse at Durham House, but died in October 1592 of plague. Bess resumed her duties to the queen. The following year, the unauthorised marriage was discovered and the Queen ordered Raleigh imprisoned and Bess dismissed from…