English History (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 1,332

  • 1590-03-06 Dutch and English army led by Maurice of Nassau captures heavily protected city of Breda using a small assault force hidden in a peat barge

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1590-07-06 English admiral Francis Drake takes Portuguese Forts at Taag

Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake
  • 1590-08-17 Governor of Roanoke Island colony, John White, returns from England to find no trace of the colonists he had left there 3 years earlier [or Aug 18, 1591]
  • 1591-09-09 -10] Battle at Flores Azores: Spanish beat English
  • 1593-03-23 English Separatist Puritans John Greenwood and Henry Barrowe tried and sentenced to death on the charge of devising and circulating seditious books
  • 1596-05-26 England, France & Netherlands sign Drievoudig Covenant against Spain
  • 1596-06-30 English and Dutch fleet reach Cadiz
  • 1596-07-05 English fleet under Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, captures Cadiz
  • 1596-10-31 English, French & Dutch delegates sign anti-Spanish "Triple Covenant"
  • 1597-03-12 England sends troops to Amiens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1597-04-23 William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance

Playwright William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • 1597-08-11 Germany throws out English sales people
  • 1599-08-15 Nine Years War: Battle of Curlew Pass - Irish forces led by Hugh Roe O'Donnell successfully ambush English forces, led by Sir Conyers Clifford, sent to relieve Collooney Castle.
  • 1602-01-02 Spanish force in Ireland surrender to the English army at Kinsdale
  • 1602-05-15 Cape Cod discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1603-03-24 Scottish King James VI son of Mary Queen of Scots, becomes King James I of England in succession to Elizabeth I, thus joining the English and Scottish crowns

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I

  • 1603-03-30 Battle at Mellifont: English army under Lord Mountjoy beats Irish
  • 1603-04-05 New English King James I (James VI of Scotland) departs Edinburgh for London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1603-11-17 English explorer, writer and courtier Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Walter Raleigh
  • 1606-04-12 England adopts the Union Flag, replaced in 1801 by current Union Flag, also known as the Union Jack
  • 1607-01-30 Massive flooding in England destroys around 200 square miles of coastline and results in approximately 2,000 casualties

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1607-05-13 English colonists led by John Smith make a second landing near James River in Virginia

Explorer John Smith
John Smith
  • 1608-08-24 1st English convoy lands at Surat, India
  • 1608-09-29 Captain Newport arrives from England with supplies for colonists
  • 1609-03-12 Bermuda becomes an English colony
  • 1609-06-17 Netherlands, England and France sign 12 year Covenant

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

1609-08-28 English explorer Henry Hudson, discovers and explores Delaware Bay

Explorer Henry Hudson
Henry Hudson
  • 1610-03-21 King James I of England and VI of Scotland addresses English House of Commons
  • 1612-08-18 Pendle Witch trial begins with 10 people accused of witchcraft in Lancaster, England, key witness 9 year-old boy
  • 1612-08-20 9 Pendle witches hanged at Gallows Hill in Lancaster, England
  • 1612-08-29 Battle of Surat, India: English fleet beats Portuguese
  • 1613-03-27 The first English child born in Canada at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy
  • 1613-07-02 The first English expedition from Massachusetts against Acadia led by Samuel Argall
  • 1616-04-23 Netherlands buys De Briel/Vlissingen/Fort Rammekens from England
  • 1616-04-30 King James I of England leaves Brielle

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1618-01-07 Francis Bacon becomes Lord Chancellor of England

Statesman/Philosopher Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon

  • 1618-10-29 English adventurer, writer and courtier Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against King James I of England
  • 1619-06-02 England and the Netherlands sign treaty about trading in the Indies
  • 1619-08-20 1st known African Americans in English North America (approx. 20) land at Point Comfort (Fort Monroe), Virginia. They are then sold or traded into servitude.
  • 1619-12-04 38 colonists from Berkeley Parish, England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God. Considered by many the first Thanksgiving in the Americas.
  • 1620-07-31 Pilgrim Fathers depart Leiden, Netherlands for England on their way to America
  • 1620-08-15 Mayflower sets sail from Southampton, England, with 102 Pilgrims
  • 1620-09-16 The Mayflower departs Plymouth, England, with 102 Pilgrims and about 30 crew for the New World (O.S. 6 Sept)
  • 1620-11-09 After a month of delays off the English coast and about two months at sea, the Mayflower spots land (Cape Cod)
  • 1620-12-02 English language newspaper "Namloos" begins publishing in Amsterdam
  • 1621-04-05 Mayflower sails from Plymouth on a return trip to England
  • 1621-09-21 King James I of England gives Sir William Alexander a royal charter for colonisation of Nova Scotia
  • 1621-12-18 English parliament accept unanimously, Protestation
  • 1621-12-30 English King James I cracks Protestation of Parliament
  • 1622-02-08 King James I disbands the English parliament
  • 1624-01-28 Sir Thomas Warner founds the first English colony in the Caribbean, on Saint Kitts.
  • 1624-02-19 English "Happy Parliament", the final Parliament of King James I opens at Westminster
  • 1624-03-10 England declares war on Spain
  • 1624-06-16 Virginia becomes an English crown colony following the bankruptcy of the London Company

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1625-03-27 Charles I, King of England, Scotland and Ireland ascends the English throne

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1627-07-10 English fleet under George Villiers reach La Rochelle [NS=June 20]

Courtier and Statesman George Villiers
Courtier and Statesman
George Villiers
  • 1627-07-12 English fleet under George Villiers lands on the Rhe [NS=June 22]
  • 1627-10-27 English invasion force under George Villiers assaults the French island of Île de Ré
  • 1627-11-08 English fleet under George Villiers leaves Île de Ré
  • 1628-03-01 Writs are issued in February by Charles I of England mandating that every county in England (not just seaport towns) pay ship tax by this date
  • 1628-03-04 England's King Charles I grants a royal charter to Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1628-03-19 Massachusetts Bay Colony granted land by England
  • 1628-06-07 English King Charles I ratifies the Petition of Rights
  • 1629-03-02 English King Charles I dissolves Parliament against opposition, imprisoning 9 members of parliament
  • 1629-04-14 England and France sign Peace of Susa
  • 1630-11-05 Spain & England sign peace treaty

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1631-02-05 Founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams arrives in Boston from England

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams
Theologian and Colonist
Roger Williams
  • 1631-05-18 English colony Massachusetts Bay grants puritarian voting right
  • 1632-03-29 Treaty of Saint-Germain is signed, returns Quebec to French control after the English seized it in 1629
  • 1639-06-18 Treaty of Berwick: Ends the First Bishops' War between England and Scotland
  • 1639-09-12 Viceroy Thomas Wentworth sails back to England
  • 1640-04-13 English Short Parliament forms (- May 5)
  • 1640-05-03 English Upper house accepts Act of Attainder
  • 1640-05-05 English Short Parliament rises
  • 1640-08-28 Second Bishop's War: King Charles I's English army loses to a Scottish Covenanter force at the Battle of Newburn
  • 1640-08-29 English King Charles I signs a peace treaty with Scotland
  • 1640-11-03 English Long Parliament forms
  • 1641-02-16 English king Charles I accepts Triennial Act requiring that Parliament meet for at least a fifty-day session once every three years
  • 1641-08-20 England & Scotland sign Treaty of Pacification
  • 1642-01-04 King Charles I with 400 soldiers attacks the English parliament
  • 1642-03-09 English Queen Henriette Maria arrives in Hellevoetsluis, Netherlands
  • 1642-08-22 English Civil War begins between Royalists and Parliament
  • 1642-10-23 Battle of Edgehill (Warwickshire): King Charles I beat English parliamentarian forces
  • 1642-11-13 Battle at Turnham Green outside London: King Charles I vs English parliament
  • 1643-01-23 Sir Thomas Fairfax takes Leeds for Parliamentarians in English Civil War
  • 1643-05-13 Battle of Grantham: English parliamentary armies beat royalists
  • 1643-09-20 First Battle of Newbury (English civil war): King Charles I's forces beaten by a parliamentary army led by the Earl of Essex and Philip Stapleton
  • 1643-12-13 English Civil War: The Battle of Alton takes place in Hampshire.
  • 1644-01-24 Parliamentary army wins battle of Nantwich, Cheshire, English Civil War
  • 1644-03-14 England grants patent for Providence Plantations (now Rhode Island)
  • 1644-05-28 Bolton Massacre by Royalist troops under the command of the Earl of Derby (English Civil War)
  • 1644-09-02 Robert Devereux's Parliamentarian infantry surrenders to Royalist forces in Battle of Lostwithiel, Cornwall, during English Civil War
  • 1645-04-03 English Long Parliament passes the Self-Denying Ordinance, limiting regional armies, significant step toward New Model Army

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1645-06-14 Battle of Naseby, Leicestershire: "New Model Army" under Oliver Cromwell & Thomas Fairfax beat royalists forces of English King Charles I

English Military and Political Leader Oliver Cromwell
English Military and Political Leader
Oliver Cromwell
King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I
  • 1646-02-16 Battle of Great Torrington, Devon - the last major battle of the first English Civil War
  • 1646-07-30 English parliament sets king Charles I Newcastle Propositions
  • 1647-01-30 After nine months of negotiations, Scottish Presbyterians sell captured Charles I to English Parliament for around £100,000

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 4,663

  • 1643-11-01 John Strype, English historian and biographer, born in Houndsditch, London (d. 1737)
  • 1644-06-16 Henrietta Anne Stuart, Princess of Scotland, England and Ireland and Duchess of Orléans (d. 1670)

Person of interestWilliam Penn

1644-10-14 William Penn, English Philosopher, Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania, born in London, England (d. 1718)

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn

Person of interestJohn Flamsteed

1646-08-19 John Flamsteed, English astronomer and 1st Astronomer Royal, born in Denby, England (d. 1719)

1st Astronomer Royal John Flamsteed
1st Astronomer Royal
John Flamsteed
  • 1646-12-26 Robert Bolling, English settler in Virginia (d. 1709)
  • 1647-04-01 John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, English poet (d. 1680)
  • 1647-07-02 Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham, English Tory statesman, born in London (d. 1730)
  • 1648-01-01 Elkanah Settle, English writer (d. 1724)
  • 1648-02-23 Arabella Churchill, English mistress of James II of England (d. 1730)
  • 1648-04-07 John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby, English statesman and poet (d. 1721)
  • 1648-12-15 Gregory King, English statistician (Natural & Political Observations), born in Lichfield, England (d. 1712)
  • 1649-02-23 John Blow, English composer, composed 1st English opera (Venus & Adonis) (baptized date) (d. 1708)

Person of interestJohn Trenchard

1649-03-30 John Trenchard, English radical Whig politician and statesman, born in Lytchett Matravers, Dorset (d. 1695)

English Politician John Trenchard
English Politician
John Trenchard
  • 1649-04-05 Elihu Yale, English merchant and philanthropist (benefactor of Yale University), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1721)
  • 1649-04-09 James Scott, Duke of Monmouth, bastard son of English king Charles II, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1685)
  • 1649-09-15 Titus Oates, English minister and plotter, born in Oakham, Rutland, England (d. 1705)
  • 1650-02-02 Nell [Eleanor] Gwyn, English actress and mistress to King Charles II, born in London, England (d. 1687)
  • 1650-04-20 William Bedloe, English fraudster and Popish Plot informer, born in Chepstow, Monmouthshire (d. 1680)

Person of interestJohn Churchill

1650-05-26 John Churchill, 1st duke of Marlborough, English general strategist, born in Ashe, England (d. 1722)

  • 1650-09-23 Jeremy Collier, English bishop (d. 1726)
  • 1650-11-07 John Robinson, English diplomat and prelate, born in Cleasby, North Yorkshire (d. 1723)

Person of interestWilliam III

1650-11-14 William III, William of Orange, King of England, Scotland and Ireland (1689-1702) and Stadtholder, born in The Hague, Dutch Republic (d. 1702)

King of England William III
King of England
William III
  • 1651-01-13 Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington, English politician (d. 1694)
  • 1652-03-03 Thomas Otway, England, playwright/poet (Venice Preserved)

Person of interestWilliam Dampier

1652-06-08 William Dampier, English explorer and pirate who was the 1st Englishman to explore parts of Australia and the 1st person to circumnavigate the world 3 times, born in East Coker, Sommerset, England (d. 1715)

Explorer and Pirate William Dampier
Explorer and Pirate
William Dampier
  • 1653-04-02 Prince George of Denmark, Prince Consort of Anne of England, born in Copenhagen Castle, Denmark (d. 1708)
  • 1653-07-05 Thomas Pitt, British merchant and Governor of Madras, born in Blandford St. Mary, Dorset, England (d. 1726)
  • 1653-08-09 John Oldham, English satirical poet, born in Shipton Moyne, Gloucestershire (d. 1683)
  • 1653-08-14 Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle, English statesman (d. 1688)
  • 1654-01-10 Joshua Barnes, English scholar, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1712)
  • 1654-01-22 Richard Blackmore, English physician and writer (d. 1729)
  • 1656-09-14 Thomas Baker, English antiquarian, born in Lanchester, Durham (d. 1746)

Person of interestEdmond Halley

1656-11-08 Edmond Halley, English mathematician and astronomer (Halley's comet), born in Haggerston, Middlesex (d. 1742) [OS 29 Oct]

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley
  • 1657-11-08 Thomas Bullis Jr., English composer (d. 1712)
  • 1657-11-26 William Derham, English clergyman, natural theologian and scientist, born in Stoulton, Worcestershire (d. 1735)
  • 1658-10-05 Mary of Modena, Queen of James II of England, born in Ducal Palace, Modena (d. 1718)
  • 1659-09-10 Henry Purcell, English organist and composer (Dido & Aeneas), born in St Ann's Lane, Old Pye Street, Westminster (d. 1695)
  • 1660-04-16 Hans Sloane, Irish physician, naturalist and collector (provided foundation of the British Museum), born in Killyleagh, Ulster, Ireland (d. 1753)

Person of interestGeorge I

1660-05-28 George I, King of England (1714-27), born in Hanover, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1727)

King George I
George I
  • 1660-07-24 Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury, English politician (d. 1718)

Person of interestDaniel Defoe

1660-09-13 Daniel Defoe, English novelist (Robinson Crusoe), born in London, England (d. 1731)

Novelist Daniel Defoe
Daniel Defoe
  • 1660-10-20 Robert Bertie, 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (d. 1723)
  • 1661-12-05 Robert Haley, 1st Earl of Oxford and English premier (Whig, 1710-14), born in Covent Garden, Middlesex, Kingdom of England (d. 1725)
  • 1662-04-30 Mary II, Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland (1689-94), born in St James's Palace, London (d. 1694)
  • 1662-05-18 George Smalridge, English bishop of Bristol (d. 1719)
  • 1662-08-13 Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, English politician, born in Wiltshire, England (d. 1748)
  • 1662-10-18 Matthew Henry, English non-conformist minister (d. 1714)
  • 1663-02-25 Pierre Antoine Motteux, French-born English dramatist (d. 1718)
  • 1663-02-28 Thomas Newcomen, English co-inventor of the atmospheric engine, born in Dartmouth, England (d. 1729)
  • 1663-03-06 Francis Atterbury, English man of letters and priest, born in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (d. 1732)
  • 1663-05-20 William Bradford, English-born colonial printer (Pennsylvania's first printing press), born in Leicestershire, England (d. 1752)
  • 1664-01-24 John Vanbrugh, dramatist/architect (baptized), born in London, England
  • 1664-07-21 Matthew Prior, English poet and diplomat, born in London (d. 1721)

Person of interestAnne Stuart

1665-02-06 Anne Stuart, Queen of Great Britain (1702-14), born in St James's Palace, London (d. 1714)

Queen of England Anne Stuart
Queen of England
Anne Stuart
  • 1665-07-02 Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian, born in St Mabon, Cornwall, England (d. 1726)
  • 1665-08-27 John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, English politician, born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (d. 1751)
  • 1666-08-13 William Wotton, English theologian and scholar, born in Wrentham, Suffolk (d. 1727)
  • 1666-11-01 James Sherard, English amateur composer, born in Bushby (d. 1738)
  • 1667-12-09 William Whiston, English Anglican priest and mathematician, born in Norton, Leicestershire, England (d. 1752)
  • 1667-12-25 Ehrengard von der Schulenburg, English royal mistress (d. 1743)
  • 1670-01-24 William Congreve, English playwright (d. 1729)
  • 1670-02-10 William Congreve, England, writer (Old Bachelor, Way of the World)
  • 1670-05-08 Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, English soldier (d. 1726)
  • 1670-07-19 Richard Leveridge, English bass singer and composer, born in St Martin-in-the-Fields, London (d. 1758)
  • 1670-12-04 John Aislabie, English politician (Chancellor of the Exchequer), born in England (d. 1742)
  • 1671-01-15 Abraham de la Pryme, English antiquarian, born in Hatfield (d. 1704)
  • 1671-02-26 Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury, English politician and philosopher (d. 1713)
  • 1671-11-06 Colley Cibber, English actor, dramatist and Poet Laureate (1730-57), born in London (d. 1757)
  • 1672-05-01 Joseph Addison, English essayist and poet (co-founder of The Spectator), born in Milston, Wiltshire, England (d. 1719)
  • 1673-01-06 1st Duke of Chandos, English aristocrat, eponym of Handel's Chandos Anthems, born in Herefordshire, United Kingdom (d. 1744)
  • 1673-08-11 Richard Mead, physician, born in London, England
  • 1674-01-24 Thomas Tanner, English bishop (d. 1735)
  • 1674-06-20 Nicholas Rowe, English poet and playwright (Tamerlane), Poet Laureate (1715-18), born in Little Barford, Bedfordshire (d. 1718)
  • 1674-07-17 Isaac Watts, English writer, preacher and hymnist (Horae Lyrican), born in Southampton, England (d. 1748)
  • 1675-05-29 Humphry Ditton, English mathematician, born in Salisbury, England (d. 1715)
  • 1675-09-02 William Somervile, English poet (d. 1742)
  • 1675-10-11 Samuel Clarke, English philosopher and theologian, born in Norwich, England (d. 1729)
  • 1675-10-24 Richard Temple, 1st Viscount Cobham, English soldier and politician, born in Parchim, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany (d. 1749)
  • 1676-01-19 John Weldon, English composer, born in Chichester, England (d. 1736)
  • 1676-07-21 Anthony Collins, English philosopher (A discourse on free-thinking), born in Hounslow, Middlesex (d. 1729)

Person of interestRobert Walpole

1676-08-26 Robert Walpole, 1st British Prime Minister (Whig: 1721-42), born in Houghton, Norfolk, England (d. 1745)

1st British Prime Minister Robert Walpole
1st British Prime Minister
Robert Walpole
  • 1677-09-17 Stephen Hales, English physiologist, chemist and inventor (first person to measure blood pressure), born in Bekesbourne, Kent, England (d. 1761)
  • 1678-09-16 Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, English statesman and philosopher, born in Battersea, Surrey, England (d. 1751)
  • 1678-12-08 Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, English diplomat, born in Houghton, Cambridge, England (d. 1757)
  • 1678-12-14 Daniel Neal, English historian, born in London (d. 1743)
  • 1678-12-30 William Croft, English composer and organist, born in Nether Ettington (d. 1727)
  • 1679-03-18 Matthew Decker, English merchant and writer (d. 1759)
  • 1680-02-14 John Sidney, 6th Earl of Leicester, English privy councillor, born in Penshurst Place, Kent (d. 1737)
  • 1682-07-10 Roger Cotes, English mathematician (Newton–Cotes formulas), born in Burbage, Leicestershire, England (d. 1716)
  • 1683-04-03 Mark Catesby, English naturalist (Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands) (d. 1749)
  • 1683-07-03 Edward Young, English poet (Revenge, Complaint), born in Upham, Winchester, England (d. 1765)
  • 1683-12-27 Conyers Middleton, English minister (d. 1750)
  • 1684-02-22 William Pulteney, statesman (Earl of Bath), born in London, England
  • 1685-02-10 Aaron Hill, English playwright/poet (Tragedy of Zara)
  • 1685-06-30 John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera), born in Barnstaple, England (d. 1732)
  • 1685-08-18 Brook Taylor, English mathematician, discoverer of Taylor's Theorem, born in Edmonton, Middlesex, England (d. 1731)
  • 1685-12-17 Thomas Tickell, English writer and poet, born in Bridekirk, Cockermouth, England (d. 1740)
  • 1686-04-29 Peregrine Bertie, 2nd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (d. 1742)
  • 1686-08-12 John Balguy, English philosopher (d. 1748)
  • 1686-08-19 Eustace Budgell, English writer (The Spectator, writing 37 numbers signed X), born in Saint Thomas, Exeter, England (d. 1737)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 301 - 400 of 2,342

  • 1592-09-03 Robert Greene, English writer (Friar Bacon), dies at 34
  • 1593-04-06 Henry Barrow, English puritian/Congressionalist, hanged
  • 1593-04-06 John Greenwood, English Congressionalist, hanged
  • 1593-05-29 John Penry, English congressionalist, executed
  • 1593-05-30 Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist and poet (Tamburlaine the Great), stabbed to death in a pub brawl in Deptford at about 29
  • 1594-04-29 Thomas Cooper, English bishop, lexicographer, and writer
  • 1594-06-03 John Aylmer, English political theorist (b. 1521)

Person of interestThomas Kyd

1594-07-16 Thomas Kyd, English dramatist (The Spanish Tragedy), dies at 35

Dramatist and Playwright Thomas Kyd
Dramatist and Playwright
Thomas Kyd
  • 1594-10-16 William Allen, English cardinal/founder seminary of Douai, dies at 62
  • 1594-11-22 Martin Frobisher, English privateer, explorer (Canada) and later vice-admiral who helped defeat the Spanish Armada, dies aged between 55 and 59
  • 1595-02-21 Robert Southwell, English Jesuit/poet, hanged
  • 1595-03-04 Robert Southwell, English poet, hanged for becoming a Catholic priest
  • 1595-08-24 Thomas Digges, English astronomer (Universe Infinite), dies
  • 1595-11-12 John Hawkins, English navigator/treasurer of the Navy, dies at 63

Person of interestFrancis Drake

1596-01-28 Francis Drake, English pirate, Admiral and Governor of Newfoundland (Porto Bello West Indies), dies of dysentery at 50

Admiral and Navigator Francis Drake
Admiral and Navigator
Francis Drake
  • 1596-03-23 Henry Unton, English diplomat
  • 1596-11-10 Peter Wentworth, English Puritan politician (b. 1530)
  • 1598-01-09 Jasper Heywood, English translator (b. 1553)
  • 1598-08-04 William Cecil, 1st baron Burghley, English statesman, dies at 77
  • 1599-04-14 Henry Wallop, English statesman
  • 1600-11-03 Richard Hooker, English theologian (b. 1554)
  • 1602-02-13 Alexander Nowell, English churchman, dean of St Paul's, dies

Person of interestElizabeth I

1603-03-24 Elizabeth I Tudor [Virgin Queen], Queen of England and Ireland (1558-1603) and daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, dies at 69

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • 1603-09-08 George Carey, 2nd Baron Hunsdon, English politician (b. 1547)
  • 1603-12-09 William Watson, English conspirator (b. 1559)
  • 1603-12-27 Thomas Cartwright, English Presbyterian publicist, dies at about 68
  • 1604-06-24 Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, Lord Great Chamberlain of England, dies at 54
  • 1605-04-05 Adam Loftus, English Protestant archbishop in Ireland (c.1513)
  • 1605-04-06 John Stow, English historian (Survey of London), dies
  • 1605-11-08 Robert Catesby, English conspirator (b. 1573)
  • 1606-01-30 Everard Digby, English conspirator (b. 1578)

BattleGuy Fawkes

1606-01-31 Guy Fawkes, English Catholic conspirator who was convicted in the "Gunpowder Plot" to blow up the British Parliament, hanged at 35

English Catholic Conspirator Guy Fawkes
English Catholic Conspirator
Guy Fawkes
  • 1606-04-03 Charles Blount, 1st Earl of Devon, English politician (b. 1563)
  • 1606-05-03 Henry Garnet, English Jesuit (executed) (b. 1555)
  • 1606-11-12 St. Nicholas Owen (martyr), one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
  • 1607-05-21 John Rainolds, English scholar (b. 1549)
  • 1607-06-10 John Popham, English politician
  • 1607-08-22 Bartholomew Gosnold, English explorer and privateer (b. 1572)
  • 1608-02-26 John Still, English Bishop of Bath and Wells, dies at about 64
  • 1610-04-18 Robert Parsons, English jesuit (A Letter Disclosure), dies at 63
  • 1610-11-21 Benedict van Canfield [William Fish], English missionary, dies
  • 1612-04-11 Edward Wightman, English Baptist preacher (b. 1566)
  • 1612-05-24 Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and English Prime Minister (1598-1612), dies at 48
  • 1612-08-04 Hugh Broughton, English scholar (b. 1549)
  • 1612-11-20 John Harington, English Elizabethan courtier, writer (Orlando Furios) and inventor of the flush toilet, dies at about 52
  • 1613-08-07 Thomas Fleming, English judge (b. 1544)
  • 1613-09-15 Thomas Overbury, English poet (A Wife) and essayist, dies at 32
  • 1614-06-15 Henry Howard, 1st Earl of Northampton, English politician (b. 1540)
  • 1615-09-27 Arbella Stuart, English great-great-granddaughter of King Henry VII and possible heir to the throne, dies imprisoned in the Tower of London at 39 or 40
  • 1616-01-06 Philip Henslowe, English theatrical entrepreneur during Elizabethan age, dies at about 65

Person of interestWilliam Shakespeare

1616-04-23 William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright (b. 1564) (Julian calendar) dies aged 52

  • 1616-11-23 Richard Hakluyt, English writer (b. 1552)
  • 1617-10-27 Ralph Winwood, English politician (b. 1563)
  • 1617-11-10 Barnabe Rich, English soldier and writer
  • 1618-06-07 Thomas West, 3rd & 12th Baron De La Warr, English Jamestown colonist and Governor of Virginia, dies at 40
  • 1618-09-28 Joshua Sylvester, English poet (b. 1563)

BattleWalter Raleigh

1618-10-29 Walter Raleigh, English scholar, poet, historian and explorer, beheaded for treason at about 64

Explorer Walter Raleigh
Walter Raleigh
  • 1619-01-07 Nicholas Hilliard, English painter of miniature portraits, dies at about 71
  • 1619-01-24 Henry Brooke, 11th Baron Cobham, English conspirator against the rule of James I of England, dies at 54
  • 1619-03-01 Thomas Campion, English physician, composer, poet (Poemata), dies at 53
  • 1619-03-13 Richard Burbage, English Shakespearean actor and painter, dies at about 52
  • 1619-10-14 Samuel Daniel, English poet (b. 1562)
  • 1620-05-16 William Adams, English navigator and 1st ever Western Samurai, dies at 55
  • 1621-07-02 Thomas Harriot, English astronomer (1st person to draw map of the Moon with a telescope), dies at 61 or 62
  • 1621-11-26 Radulph Agas, English surveyor (C. 1540)
  • 1622-01-23 William Baffin, English explorer, dies of a gunshot wound at about 38
  • 1622-02-19 Sir Henry Savile, English scholar and educator, translated the New Testament into English, dies at 72
  • 1622-07-01 William Parker, 4th Baron Monteagle, English peer and politician who helped stop the Gunpowder Plot, dies at around 47
  • 1623-02-08 Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, English politician, dies at 80
  • 1623-07-04 William Byrd, English composer (Ave verum corpus), dies at 80
  • 1623-10-21 William Wade, English statesman and diplomat (b. 1546)
  • 1623-11-09 William Camden, English historian (Brittania, Annales), dies at 72
  • 1624-02-13 Stephen Gosson, English satirist (b. 1554)
  • 1624-11-10 Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, English patron of the theater, dies at 51
  • 1624-12-14 Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham, English statesman, dies at 73

Person of interestJames I and VI

1625-03-27 James Stuart, King James VI of Scotland (1567-1625) and James I of England and Ireland (1603-25), dies of dysentery at 58

King of Great Britain James I and VI
King of Great Britain
James I and VI
  • 1625-06-05 Orlando Gibbons, English organist/composer (Silver Swan), dies at 41
  • 1626-01-21 John Dowland, English composer (In Darkness We Dwell), dies at 62
  • 1626-01-24 Samuel Argall, English adventurer and naval officer, dies at 45
  • 1626-02-28 Cyril Tourneur, English poet/dramatist, dies at about 51

Person of interestFrancis Bacon

1626-04-09 Francis Bacon, English statesman and philosopher, dies from pneumonia at 65

Statesman/Philosopher Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon
  • 1626-05-04 Arthur Lake, English Bishop of Bath and Wells, and translator of the King James Bible, dies at 56
  • 1626-07-13 Robert Sidney, 1st Earl of Leicester, English statesman, dies at 62
  • 1626-09-26 Lancelot Andrewes, English theologist/bishop of Winchester, dies at 71
  • 1626-11-25 Edward Alleyn, English actor and founder of Dulwich College, dies at 60
  • 1626-11-30 Thomas Weelkes, English organist and composer of madrigals, dies at 47
  • 1626-12-08 John Davies, English poet (b. 1569)
  • 1626-12-10 Edmund Gunter, English mathematician (b. 1581)
  • 1627-04-19 John Beaumont, English poet (b. 1583)
  • 1627-06-27 John Hayward, English historian
  • 1627-07-01 Nathaniel Bacon, English painter, dies at 41
  • 1628-07-13 Robert Shirley, English adventurer (b. 1581)
  • 1628-09-30 Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, English poet (b. 1554)
  • 1630-01-26 Henry Briggs, English mathematician (b. 1556)
  • 1630-02-12 Fynes Moryson, English traveler and writer (b. 1566)
  • 1630-09-17 Thomas Lake, English statesman (b. 1567)
  • 1631-05-06 Robert Bruce Cotton, English politician and antiquarian (his library formed basis of British Museum manuscript collection), dies at 60

Person of interestJohn Smith

1631-06-21 John Smith, English explorer (Chesapeake Bay, New England) and leader of the Virginia Colony (Jamestown), dies at 51

Explorer John Smith
John Smith
  • 1631-10-05 Arabella Holles, wife of English politician Thomas Wentworth, dies
  • 1631-12-23 Michael Drayton, English poet (b. 1563)