Intriguing People and their Intriguing Connections. Intriguing people in British history. In this historic theme we muse upon characters we find intriguing. People whose deeds or words capture our imagination.  Find out who we find intriguing using the timeline or explore other historical themes via maps and timelines. Intriguing people in British history who are…

King Richard III of England Found Facts and Fiction

King Richard III of England Found Facts and Fiction

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series British Monarchs

Richard III found in a Car Park with an Arrow in His back, can this be him, who was he and how can we distinguish him fact from fiction and the character assasination given him by William Shakespeare?
(This post will be updated, original posted in 2012.

Henry II Plantagenet King of England

Henry II Plantagenet King of England

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Plantagenet Monarchs

Henry II creates the Anjevin Empire but by failing to unite his sons and wife in the line of succession causes more trouble than he resolves, what would happen during his reign kicks-off the English Plantagenet dynasty but also sows the seeds of it’s demise…

Thomas Becket and Henry II

Thomas Becket and Henry II

The relationship between Henry King of England and Thomas, banker turned confidant and Archbishop was probably one of the most intriguing in English history.

King Cnut Canute 995-1035

King Cnut Canute 995-1035

Cnut was a strong and brutal ruler who managed to control England , Denmark and Norway having demolished the inheritance of Alfred the Great by removing Ethelred and Edmund but would he fair any better in ensuring a smooth succession down his family lines, another intriguing family?

William Wilberforce and the Bettering Society

William Wilberforce and the Bettering Society

William Wilberforce was the father of the Reform Movement who encouraged a ‘Better Society’, where decent morals and values created a world of positive outcomes for the poor, where science could be used to make lives better

Scotsmen Thomas Blake Glover, Mitsubishi and Kirin Beer

Scotsmen Thomas Blake Glover, Mitsubishi and Kirin Beer

Outstanding Scotsmen and the Far East seem to go together in the 19th and early 20th centuries, being responsible for business and trading companies that are still thriving today. Thomas Blake Glover was one such man, arguably responsible for much of the success of the Meiji Restoration and the overthrow of the Shogun and forming the basis of the new and open Japan and it’s industrial success that continues to this day…

Captain John Smith C17th Capitalist?

Captain John Smith C17th Capitalist?

The name of Captain John Smith, is, in the minds of many British people intrinsically linked to ‘Pocahontas’ , his native American saviour. Beyond this connection though, his writings on the settlement of Virginia are quite vigorous and erudite and he could be judged as having a very positive influence on how the New England…

Herbert George Blondie Hasler 1914-1987 DSO OBE

Herbert George Blondie Hasler 1914-1987 DSO OBE

Blondie Hasler credited with set-up of what became the SBS on the authority of Lord Louis Mountbatten.

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DatesIntriguing PeopleCATEGORY
1147 - 1219William Marshall
Knight politician under King John
Politician Knight
1167 - 1216King John
King of England who sealed Magna Carta
monarch
1445 - 1527Jane Shore
Mistress of King Edward IV
1485 - 1540Thomas Cromwell
English lawyer and statesman who served as chief minister to King Henry VIII of England from 1532 to 1540. Cromwell was one of the strongest and most powerful advocates of the English Reformation
1494 - 1536William Tyndale
English scholar who became a leading figure in Protestant reform under King Henry VIII until he was executed. He is well known for his translation of the Bible into English
Writer scholar
1552 - 1634Edward Coke
English barrister and judge who opposed James I and authored the Petition of Right
Lawyer Politician
1624 - 1691George Fox
English dissenter and Founder of the Society of Friends (Quakers)
Theologian
1644 - 1718William Penn Theologian Lawyer
The son of an admiral and landowner, he was educated in theology and the law. In his twenties he converted to the Quaker religion and was jailed several times for his resistance to the Church of England. In 1681, he received a royal charter to form a new colony in America, to be named Pennsylvania; he envisioned this territory as a peaceful refuge for members of all religious beliefs.
Theologian Lawyer
1689 - 1762Mary Wortley Montagu Writer and Social Reformer
Aristocrat, writer and social reformer.
Writer Social Reformer
1709Dr Samuel Johnson, (1709 - 1784) great lexicographer
1728 - 1779James Cook
Captain in the Royal Navy, scientist, cartographer and explorer
Naval Officer Cartographer explorer
1743 - 1820Joseph Banks
British explorer and naturalist, and one of the great men of his age. As long-time President of the Royal Society he steered the course of British science for the first part of the 19th century.
Explorer scientist
1759 - 1833William Wilberforce
English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade.
Politician Philanthropist
1770 - 1852Sarah Guppy Engineer
In 1811 she patented the first of her inventions, a method of making safe piling for bridges. She was a friend of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and gave him and the government advice on the GWR.
Engineer
1780 - 1845Elizabeth Fry
English prison reformer, social reformer and, as a Quaker, a Christian philanthropist
Social Reformer
1799 - 1847Mary Anning Fossil Hunter
Dorset fossil dealer and palaeontologist who became famous for her discovery of the first ichthyosaur skeleton.
Scientist
1805 - 1865Robert Fitzroy
Royal Naval Officer. Captain of HMS Beagle with Darwin. Scientist and meteorologist who created an accurate way of forecasting weather for sailors.
Naval Officer Scientist
1815 -1852Ada Lovelace
English mathematician who worked with Charles Babbage on his early mechanical computer
Mathematician
1819 - 1891Joseph Bazalgette
Engineer who built London's sewers and embanked the Thames.
Engineer
London Sewers
1827 - 1912Joseph Lister
British surgeon and pioneer of the use of antiseptics in surgery.
Medicine
1828 - 1906Josephine Butler
Feminist and social reformer who was especially concerned with the welfare of prostitutes.She campaigned against child prostitution and against the Contagious Diseases Acts which allowed women suspected of being prostitutes to be forceably examined. She also campaigned on educational issues.
Feminist Social Reformer
1831 - 1904Isabella Bird
English explorer, writer, photographer and naturalist. She worked with Josephine Butler on various social issues.
Writer Explorer naturalist social reformer
1855 - 1926Dorothy Tennant Stanley
Victorian neo-classicist painter who married Henry Stanley the explorer. She was also an author.
Writer Painter
1862 - 1900Mary Kingsley Writer and Scientist
Ethnographic and Science writer who explored and wrote about Africa among the founders of the Royal African Society. She was the niece of Charles Kingsley the writer.
Writer Scientist
1871 - 1962Ethel Mary Charles
First woman to be admitted to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1898.
Architect
1876 - 1928Eglantyne Jebb Founder of Save the Children Social ReformerSocial Reformer
1894 - 1978Victoria Drummond First woman marine engineer in BritainEngineer
1908 - 1964Ian Fleming Author of James Bond Novels
In WW2 Ian Fleming received a commission in the Royal Navy and worked for British Naval Intelligence. Eventually serving as the assistant to Admiral John Godfrey, the director of Naval Intelligence. He learnt about espionage and after the war became an author, writing the James Bond novels.
Novelist