Famous People Connected to Rutland
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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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- John Banton (1796-1848), Poet of Teigh. was buried in 1848 in Teigh churchyard, was the son of a labourer of Teigh. He was schoolmaster there for many years, and his verses indicate the possession of a vivid imagination and an excellent knowledge of the classics. From: 'Parishes: Teigh', A History of the County of Rutland: Volume 2 (1935), pp. 151-155.
- Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia (the Queen of Hearts), spent her early childhood at Exton and the great avenue there is still known s the Queen of Bohemia's Ride.
- Sir Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham (1647-1730) The Finch family, members of which have been Speakers of the House of Commons, Lords Keeper of the Seal, Recorder of London, Attorney-General and Lord Chancellor, as well as holding other offices of state, have always kept Rutland to the forefront in Parliament.
- Sir Gilbert Heathcote, ancestor of Lord Ancaster, who was one of the founders of the Bank of England, represented Rutland from 1841 to 1856.
- Sir Jeffrey Hudson, the astounding dwarf, whose history reads like a mad opera. His father was a drover of Oakham where he was employed by the Duke of Buckingham. Jeffrey was born in 1619 and was never more than a foot and a half high until he reached the age of thirty, after which he gradually grew up to three and a half-feet in height. He was served up in a cold pie at Court before King Charles and Queen Henrietta, was knighted by the King, sent to France on Court business, captured by a pirate fought a famous battle with a turkey cock, about which the Poet Laureate of the day wrote a poem, was again captured by a Turkish pirate, was sold as a slave, escaped and returned to England. He became a Captain of Horse in Charles I's army and took part in a charge with Prince Rupert at Newbury where the Roundheads forced both the Prince and the midget knight to flee at full gallop. Queen Henrietta took him to France, and there he fought a duel with Mr Crofts, a member of the Queen's Household. Crofts took a large water squirt to the duelling place with which to "snuff out his opponent," but Hudson who was mounted on a pony, turned up with a pistol and shot Crofts dead. He was forced to fly and was later arrested on suspicion of being involved in the Popish Plot. He died in 1682 at the age of sixty-three. His tiny waistcoat of blue satin and his little breeches and stockings, also in blue satin, are in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford.
- Boris Karloff Actor spent 3 years at Uppingham, in Rutland
- Simon de Langham, Archbishop of Canterbury in 1366, was born at Langham
- Lord Lonsdale - "When the Cottesmore Hunt held races at Burton Lazars, Lord Lonsdale would go from Barleythorpe Hall on a Sunday afternoon to inspect the course for the races held on the Monday. We children waited on the Cold Overton Road corner to watch him go by, he was sometimes in a carriage and sometimes in a twelve cylinder Daimler Silent Knight." - http://www.langhaminrutland.org.uk/publications/palmer-story.pdf
- Hon. Henry Cecil Lowther (1790-1867), of Barleythorpe, Rutland
- Charles John Robert Manners, 10th Duke of Rutland (1919-1999) The present Dukedom of Rutland was conferred on John Manners in 1703.
- Sir Isaac Newton - (1642–1727), natural philosopher and mathematician, was born on 25 December 1642 in the manor house of Woolsthorpe, near Colsterworth, about 7 miles south of Grantham, Lincolnshire, the only and posthumous son of Isaac Newton (1606–1642), yeoman farmer, and his wife, Hannah (c.1610–1679), daughter of James Ayscough, gentleman, of Market Overton, Rutland.
- Titus Oates (1649-1705) English Conspirator was born in Oakham, Rutland
- The title Earl of Rutland was created for Edward Plantagenet, (1373–1415), son of Edmund of Langley, Duke of York, and grandson of King Edward III.
- Jeremy Taylor, t(1613-1667) who accompanied Charles I through most of the Civil War and was presented with his royal master's watch and some jewels before the King's execution, was Rector of Uppingham from 1638 to 1642. After two years in Oxford, he was presented, in March 1638, by William Juxon, Bishop of London, to the rectory of Uppingham, in Rutland.
- William the Lion, who became King of Scotland in 1165, held the Manor of Exton See http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=66219 - apparently Robert the Bruce also connected - needs clarifying
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