Famous People Connected to Westmorland
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- Henry Airay (c. 1560 – 6 October 1616) - an English Puritan preacher and author. He was born at Kentmere, near Kendal, Westmorland. His father was William Airay, a favored servant of Bernard Gilpin, "the apostle of the North".
- Christopher Bainbridge (1462/64 – 1514) was an English Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of York from 1508 until his death
- St. John Boste (c. 1544 – 24 July 1594) is a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, and one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
He was born in Westmorland around 1534. He studied at Queen's College, Oxford where he became a Fellow. He converted to Catholicism in 1576. He left England and was ordained a priest at Reims in 1581.
- Hugh Curwen (died 1 November 1568) was an English ecclesiastic and statesman. He was a native of Westmorland and educated at Cambridge, afterwards taking orders in the church.
- Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, OM, FRS (28 December 1882 – 22 November 1944) was a British astrophysicist of the early 20th century. He was also a philosopher of science and a popularizer of science. The Eddington limit, the natural limit to the luminosity of stars, or the radiation generated by accretion onto a compact object, is named in his honor.
- Bernard Gilpin (1517 – 4 March 1583), was an Oxford theologian and then an influential clergyman in the emerging Church of England spanning the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth I. He was known as the 'Apostle of the North', for his work in the wilds of northern England. Descended from a Westmorland family with a pedigree back to Richard de Gylpyn in about 1206. Born ant Kentmere Hall the son of Edwin and Margaret (née Layton).
- Gerard Langbaine (15 July 1656 – 23 June 1692) was an English dramatic biographer and critic. http://archive.org/stream/worthiesofwestmo01atkiuoft#page/302/mode/2up
- Catherine Parr 9112– 5 September 1548) was Queen consort of England and Ireland and the last of the six wives of King Henry VIII of England. She married Henry VIII on 12 July 1543. Catherine was born in 1512, probably in August, although the precise date is not known. She was the oldest surviving child of Sir Thomas Parr, Lord of the Manor of Kendal in Westmorland (now Cumbria),
- George Romney (26 December 1734 – 15 November 1802) was an English portrait painter.
- Thomas de Strickland (1367 – 30 July 1455) was the oldest son of Sir Walter de Strickland. He is best known for carrying the banner of St. George at the battle of Agincourt. he was born and died in Westmorland
- Alfred Wainwright ("A.W.") MBE (17 January 1907 – 20 January 1991) was a British fellwalker, guidebook author and illustrator. His seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells
- Mary Wakefield, was born in 1853 at the Old House, Kendal, the daughter of a local banker, and lived later at Sedgwick House, near Kendal. From her earliest years, she was a talented singer who, after training with notable London teachers, gave many charity concerts, sang at the Gloucester Festival and was acclaimed by many eminent critics. Barred by the conventions of the day from pursuing a career as a professional singer, she poured her love of music into a desire to make music more available to rural communities. She founded and trained a number of choirs in the villages around Kendal and brought them together for the first time in 1885 to take part in a “Singing Competition” to raise money for Crosscrake Church. The idea took hold and within a few years a large choir could be assembled to sing larger works. Several of the choirs founded by Mary Wakefield still thrive and still support the Festival for which they were created. Mary Wakefield died in 1910 but her name and her Festival live on, still supported by the Wakefield family, along with many other local individuals and organisations, who all value her unique contribution to the musical life of this area.