Shropshire - Famous people
Those people of note with connections to the county are listed below. Some of these connections are a little tenuous - counties like to lay claim to people of renown!
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- Charles Babbage, early computing pioneer (lived at Dudmaston Hall)
- * William Penny Brookes, founder Wenlock Olympian Games, founding father, International Olympic Movement
- Robert Clive, "Clive of India statue in Shrewsbury's Square
- Jonathan Corbett TV presenter
- Lords and Ladies Craven (of Stokesay Castle)
- Isobel Cooper (Izzy), famous opera singer from Much Wenlock
- Abraham Darby, early industrialist
- Charles Darwin, eminent naturalist (1809–82), whose theory of evolution by natural selection is the foundation of modern biological sciences
- Greg Davies, comedian and actor grew up in Wem
- K. K. Downing, guitarist with Judas Priest
- Edric the Wild
- William Farr, epidemiologist and early bio-statistician
- Chris Hawkins (of Loppington), radio presenter, DJ, and celebrity
- Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill, Napoleonic era general
- A.E. Housman Alfred Edward Housman (/ˈhaʊsmən/; 26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936), usually known as A. E. Housman, was an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad.
- Eglantyne Jebb of Ellesmere, social reformer and founder of the Save the Children Fund
- George Jeffreys of Wem, infamous judge
- Adrian Jones, sculptor of the Quadriga at Hyde Park Corner
- Ivan Jones, writer of The Ghost Hunter
- Lara Jones, writer of the Poppy Cat books
- Mal Lewis Jones, writer
- Humphrey Kynaston (1474–1534), highwayman
- Stewart Lee, stand-up comedian, writer and director.
- Stephen Marchant, ornithologist
- Len Murray, former head of the T.U.C.
- John Mytton, 'Mad Jack' Mytton, Regency rake, MP, gambler and horseman
- Mirabel Osler, author
- Wilfred Owen, leading First World War poet
- Edith Pargeter (1913–1995), author
- Craig Phillips of Newport, winner of Big Brother 2000
- Edmund Plowden (1518–1585), legal scholar and theorist
- Sir Edmund Plowden (1590–1659), Proprietor, Earl Palatine and Governor of New Albion
- Pete Postlethwaite, actor lived near Bishops Castle until his death in 2011
- Reverend Charles Pritchard British astronomer, clergyman, and educational reformer.
- Barbara Pym, novelist
- Sir Philip Sidney, prominent Elizabethan
- T'Pau, 1980s pop group
- William Henry Griffith Thomas, (1861–1924) evangelical Anglican theologian
- Mary Webb (1881–1927), author
- Matthew Webb, first man to swim the English Channel
- John Wilkinson, of Broseley, industrialist
- Alison Williamson, of Church Stretton, Archery Olympic bronze medalist
- Roy Wood, of Wem, in the band Wizzard
- Billy Wright, "Born in Ironbridge, Wolverhampton Wanderers football player as well as England captain"
- William Wycherley, Restoration dramatist and playwright famous for The Country Wife