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  • Capt. Martin Pring (c.1580 - c.1626)
    Martin Pring (1580–1626) was an English explorer from Bristol, England who in 1603 at the age of 23 was captain of an expedition to North America to assess commercial potential; he explored area...
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792)
    Sir Joshua Reynolds was born on 16 July 1723 at Plymouth Earls, Devon, England. He died on 23 February 1792 at age 68 at London, England. He was buried at St. Paul's Cathedral, The City, London, Englan...
  • Sir Walter Raleigh (1552 - 1618)
    'Sir Walter Raleigh1 'M, #146602, b. 1552, d. 1618 Last Edited=9 Feb 2010 'Sir Walter Raleigh was born in 1552.1 He married Elizabeth Throckmorton, daughter of Sir Nicholas Throckmorton and Anne ...
  • Vice-Adm. Sir Richard Grenville, MP (1542 - 1591)
    Sir Richard Grenville (6 June 1542 – 10 September 1591) (sp. var: Greynvile, Greeneville, Greenfield, etc.) was an Elizabethan sailor and explorer. He was the grandfather of Sir Richard Grenvi...

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  • Charles Babbage (1791-1871) born Teignmouth
  • Guy Burgess (1911-1963) born in Devonport; Recruited as Soviet agent in 1930s. Worked for BBC, wrote war propaganda, worked for MI5 and Foreign Office. Recalled from Washington DC for misconduct he disappeared turning up in Russia in 1956.

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  • Capt. Martin Pring (1580-c1626) Pring was a sea-captain and made voyages to America and India.

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  • Robert Falcon Scott, CVO (6 June 1868 – c. 29 March 1912) was a Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions: the Discovery Expedition, 1901–04, and the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, 1910–13.
  • Sir Donald Sinden (1923- English Actor born in Plymouth

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