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  • Sir William Henry Bragg, Nobel Prize in Physics 1915 (1854 - 1942)
    Sir William Henry Bragg OM, KBE, PRS (2 July 1862 – 10 March 1942) was a British physicist, chemist, mathematician and active sportsman who uniquely shared a Nobel Prize with his son William Lawrence B...
  • Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein (1872 - 1956)
    Franziska Josepha Louise Augusta Marie Christina Helena Princess(Prinzessin) von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg. HH Princess Marie Louise of the United Kingdom on 17 July 1917. By Marri...
  • Julia Marlowe (1865 - 1950)
    Julia Marlowe (August 17, 1865 – November 12, 1950) was an English-born American actress known for her interpretations of William Shakespeare.
  • Fletcher Christian (mutineer; HMS Bounty) (1764 - 1793)
    Fletcher Christian..... Fletcher Christian (25 September 1764 – 20 September 1793) was a master's mate on board the Bounty during William Bligh's fateful voyage to Tahiti for breadfruit plants (see...
  • Beatrix Potter (1866 - 1943)
    Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English author, illustrator, mycologist and conservationist best known for children's books featuring anthropomorphic characters such as Th...

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  • Henry Barnes (1818-1896), pastoralist and stud-master, was born on 6

February 1818 at Low Braithwaite, Cumberland, England, one of the thirteen children of Robert Barnes, farmer, and his wife Sarah, née Sparke.

  • Robert Matthew Beatham (1894-1918), soldier, was born on 16 June at

Glassonby, Cumberland, England, son of John Beatham, papermaker's foreman, and his wife Elizabeth, née Allison. Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry "in the face of the enemy" that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He saw action in the Australian Imperial Force during the First World War and fell at the Battle of Amiens.

Westward near Wigton, Cumberland, England, son of Robert John Bragg, merchant navy officer and farmer, and his wife Mary, née Wood. His mother died when he was 7 and, almost isolated from other children, he was raised by his uncle William Bragg at Market Harborough, Leicestershire.


  • Douglas "Duggy" Clark MM (born 1891 in Ellenborough, Cumberland, died 1951) was an English rugby league footballer, wrestler


  • Sir Thomas Dacre (1410 – 15 January 1448) Knight - was born in Brampton , Cumberland, England
  • Thomas Dacre, 2nd Baron Dacre of Gilsland, KG (25 November 1467 – 24 October 1525) was the son of Humphrey Dacre, 1st Baron Dacre of Gilsland and Mabel Parr; great-aunt of queen consort Catherine Parr, the sixth and final wife of King Henry VIII of England.



  • Christian Fletcher of Mutiny on the Bounty
  • William D. Fox (1813-1881) was an English clergyman and palaeontologist who worked on the Isle of Wight and made some significant discoveries of dinosaur fossils.


  • Henry William Allerdale Grainger (1848-1923), politician, journalist and stockbroker, was born on 7 August 1848 in Cumberland, England, son of Henry Grainger, a businessman who was interested in the colonization of South Australia and who owned land in Adelaide.
  • John Woodcock Graves (1795-1886), composer, was born on 9 February 1795 at Wigton, Cumberland, England, son of Joseph Graves, plumber, glazier and ironmonger, and his wife Ann, née Matthews. His father died in 1803 leaving nothing but debts, and John had little schooling. At 14 in Cockermouth he was apprenticed to his uncle George, painter of coach signs.


  • Princess Marie Louise (Franziska Josepha Louise Augusta Marie Christina Helena; formerly Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein; 12 August 1872 – 8 December 1956) was a member of the British Royal Family, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria.


  • Joseph Bruce Ismay (1862-1937) - Shipping/Titanic survivor director of the White Star Line of steamships.
  • Thomas Henry Ismay (1837–1899) - Founder of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, more commonly known as the White Star Line.





  • Julia Marlowe (August 17, 1865[1] – November 12, 1950) was an English-born American actress known for her interpretations of William Shakespeare.
  • James Metcalfe (1822 – September 13, 1886) was an Ontario businessman and political figure. He represented York East in the Canadian House of Commons as a Liberal member from 1867 to 1878






  • James Alexander Smith VC (5 January 1881 – 21 May 1968) was born in Workington, Cumberland and was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. His birth name was James Alexander Glenn.






  • Winifred Waddell, MBE, (8 October 1884, Cumberland, England – 1972) was an English-born Australian botanist who worked with native-plant preservation groups during the 1950s. She was responsible for securing the first wildflower sanctuary, at Tallarook, Victoria, in 1949. She was appointed MBE on 1 January 1964 for her work in preservation of natural flora.
  • Sir John Benn Walsh, 1st Baronet (10 February 1759 – 7 June 1825) was an English landowner and MP.
  • Musgrave Lewthwaite Watson (24 January 1804 - 28 October 1847) was an English sculptor of the early 19th century.
  • Francis Derwent Wood RA (1871–1926) was a sculptor , born in Keswick , Cumberland , in England 's Lake District.

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