29 October-Sir Walter Raleigh

Sir Walter Raleigh lived at Killua Castle, Clonmellon, Co Westmeath and occasionally at Youghal Co Cork, during his time as a landlord in Ireland from 1585 to 1602. He was born in Devon, England in 1552. He took part in the suppression of the Desmond uprising in Munster and was present at the siege of Smerwick in 1580. Following this he was granted large estates in Munster including the towns of Youghal and Lismore by Queen Elizabeth I. He did not manage the estates very well and after 17 years in Ireland he sold them to Richard Boyle 1st Earl of Cork. He then went on to explore North America and helped prepare for settlements to be established in Virginia. From Virginia he introduced tobacco to Ireland and England. Raleigh later led expeditions to South America and it is said brought the potato to Ireland. In 1603 he was found guilty of treason and imprisoned. Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded at the Palace of Westminster in the year 1618 On This Day

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