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  • John Dobson (1787 - 1865)
  • Grace Horsley Darling (1815 - 1842)
    Grace Darling Grace was born on 24th November 1815 at Bamburgh, Northumberland and spent her youth in two lighthouses (Brownsman and Longstone) where her father, William, was the keeper. In the early...
  • Sir Henry "Hotspur" Percy (1364 - 1403)
    a short summary from Wikipedia: Harry Hotspur (Sir Henry Percy) Spouse: Lady Elizabeth Mortimer Issue: Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland Lady Elizabeth Percy Noble family House of ...
  • George Stephenson (1781 - 1848)
    George Stephenson From Wikipedia (9 June 1781 – 12 August 1848) was an English civil engineer and mechanical engineer who built the first public railway line in the world to use steam loco...
  • Robert "Rocket" Stephenson (1803 - 1859)
    REFER TO: " Robert Stephenson ", Westminster Abbey BIOGRAPHY #1: Robert Stephenson, the only son of George Stephenson, was born on 16th October, 1803. The following year the family moved to...

Famous People Connected to Northumberland

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  • Grace Darling, a heroine born at Bamburgh in 1815, died 1842. English lighthouse keeper's daughter, famed for participating in the rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked Forfarshire in 1838.
  • Bryan Donkin, an engineer and industrialist born at Sandhoe in 1768




  • Wilfrid Wilson Gibson (2 October 1878 – 26 May 1962) was a British Georgian poet, associated with World War I but also the author of much later work.
  • Daniel Gooch, an engineer and politician born at Bedlington in 1816
  • Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, British Prime Minister born at the family seat of Howick Hall in 1764


  • Saint Hilda, (614 -680), grand-niece of St Edwin of Northumbria, was the abbess of Whitby monastery where both monks and nuns lived and worked, and a key figure in the conversion of England to Christianity. Her feast day is November 17.











  • John Rushworth (1793–1860), an historian born at Acklington Park, Warkworth


  • Robert Stephenson - born in Willington Quay, Northumberland (1803 - 1859) - Scottish mechanical and structural engineer. Returned from Colombia to manage his father’s locomotive engine-works in Newcastle upon Tyne. Famous for his Britannia Tubular Bridge (1850), bridges at Conway (1848), Montreal (1859) and Royal Border Bridge at Berwick (1850). Was MP from 1847 for many years. Buried in Westminster Abbey.
  • Percival Stockdale, (1736-1811) poet and abolitionist
  • Algernon Charles Swinburne (London, 5 April 1837 – London, 10 April 1909) was an English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. He invented the roundel form, wrote several novels, and contributed to the famous Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica.





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