|1584–1603||Lord Warden of the Stannaries|
|1585–1603||Vice-Admiral of Devon|
|1587–1603||Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall|
|Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard|
|1598–1603||Custos Rotulorum of Dorset|
|1600–1603||Governor of Jersey|
|Member of Parliament for Devonshire|
|1597–1598||Member of Parliament for Dorset|
|1601||Member of Parliament for Cornwall|
|Born||c. 22 January 1552 (or 1554)|
Hayes Barton, East Budleigh, Devon, England
|Died||29 October 1618 (aged approximately 65)|
|Cause of death||Execution by beheading|
|Alma mater||Oriel College, Oxford|
French Wars of Religion
Sir Walter Raleigh[a] (/ , /,; c. 1552 – 29 October 1618) was an English statesman, soldier, writer and explorer. One of the most notable figures of the Elizabethan era, he played a leading part in English colonisation of North America, suppressed rebellion in Ireland, helped defend England against the Spanish Armada and held political positions under Elizabeth I.
Raleigh was born to a Protestant family in Devon, the son of Walter Raleigh and Catherine Champernowne. He was the younger half-brother of Sir Humphrey Gilbert and a cousin of Sir Richard Grenville. Little is known of his early life, though in his late teens he spent some time in France taking part in the religious civil wars. In his 20s he took part in the suppression of rebellion in the colonisation of Ireland; he also participated in the siege of Smerwick. Later, he became a landlord of property in Ireland and mayor of Youghal in East Munster, where his house still stands in Myrtle Grove. He rose rapidly in the favour of Queen Elizabeth I and was knighted in 1585. He was granted a royal patent to explore Virginia, paving the way for future English settlements. In 1591, he secretly married Elizabeth Throckmorton, one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting, without the Queen's permission, for which he and his wife were sent to the Tower of London. After his release, they retired to his estate at Sherborne, Dorset.
In 1594, Raleigh heard of a "City of Gold" in South America and sailed to find it, publishing an exaggerated account of his experiences in a book that contributed to the legend of "El Dorado". After Queen Elizabeth died in 1603, Raleigh was again imprisoned in the Tower, this time for being involved in the Main Plot against King James I, who was not favourably disposed towards him. In 1616, he was released to lead a second expedition in search of El Dorado. During the expedition, men led by his top commander ransacked a Spanish outpost, in violation of both the terms of his pardon and the 1604 peace treaty with Spain. Raleigh returned to England and, to appease the Spanish, he was arrested and executed in 1618.
Little is known about Sir Walter Raleigh's birth but he is believed to have been born on 22 January 1552 (or possibly 1554). He grew up in the house of Hayes Barton (in the parish of East Budleigh), in East Devon. He was the youngest of the five sons of Walter Raleigh (1510–1581) (or Rawleigh) of Fardel Manor (in the parish of Cornwood), in South Devon. Raleigh's family is generally assumed to have been a junior branch of the Raleigh family, 11th-century lords of the manor of Raleigh, Pilton in North Devon, although the two branches are known to have borne entirely dissimilar coats of arms,[b] adopted at the start of the age of heraldry (c. 1200–1215).
His mother was Katherine Champernowne, the third wife of Walter Raleigh senior, and the fourth daughter of Sir Philip Champernowne (1479–1545), lord of the manor of Modbury, Devon, by his wife Catherine Carew, a daughter of Sir Edmund Carew (d.1513) of Mohuns Ottery (in the parish of Luppitt), Devon, and widow of Otes Gilbert (1513–1546/7) of Greenway (in the parish of Brixham) and of Compton Castle (in the parish of Marldon), both in Devon. (The coat of arms of Otes Gilbert and Katherine Champernowne survives in a stained glass window in Churston Ferrers Church, near Greenway.) Katherine Champernowne's paternal aunt was Kat Ashley, governess of Queen Elizabeth I, who introduced Raleigh and his brothers to the court. In addition, Raleigh's maternal uncle was Sir Arthur Champernowne (c. 1524–1578), a Member of Parliament, Sheriff of Devon and Admiral of the West. Walter Raleigh junior's immediate family included his full brother Carew Raleigh, and half-brothers John Gilbert, Humphrey Gilbert and Adrian Gilbert. As a consequence of their kinship with the Champernowne family, all of the Raleigh and Gilbert brothers became prominent during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I.
Raleigh's family was highly Protestant in religious orientation and had a number of near escapes during the reign of Roman Catholic Queen Mary I of England. In the most notable of these, his father had to hide in a tower to avoid execution. As a result, Raleigh developed a hatred of Roman Catholicism during his childhood, and proved himself quick to express it after Protestant Queen Elizabeth I came to the throne in 1558. In matters of religion, Elizabeth was more moderate than her half-sister Mary.
In 1569, Raleigh left for France to serve with the Huguenots in the French religious civil wars. In 1572, Raleigh was registered as an undergraduate at Oriel College, Oxford, but he left a year later without a degree. Raleigh proceeded to finish his education in the Inns of Court. In 1575, he was admitted to the Middle Temple, having previously been a member of Lyon's Inn, one of the Inns of Chancery. At his trial in 1603, he stated that he had never studied law. His life is uncertain between 1569 and 1575, but in his History of the World he claimed to have been an eyewitness at the Battle of Moncontour (3 October 1569) in France. In 1575 or 1576, Raleigh returned to England.
This section needs additional citations for verification. (October 2022)
Between 1579 and 1583, Raleigh took part in the suppression of the Desmond Rebellions. He was present at the siege of Smerwick, where he led the party that beheaded some 600 Spanish and Italian soldiers. Raleigh received 40,000 acres (16,000 ha) (approximately 0.2% of Ireland) upon the seizure and distribution of land following the attainders arising from the rebellion, including the coastal walled town of Youghal and, further up the Blackwater River, the village of Lismore. This made him one of the principal landowners and colonists in Munster, but he had limited success inducing English tenants to settle on his estates.
Raleigh made the town of Youghal his occasional home during his 17 years as an Irish landlord, frequently being domiciled at Killua Castle, Clonmellon, County Westmeath. He was mayor there from 1588 to 1589. His town mansion of Myrtle Grove is assumed to be the setting for the story that his servant doused him with a bucket of water after seeing clouds of smoke coming from Raleigh's pipe, in the belief that he had been set alight. But this story is also told of other places associated with Raleigh: the Virginia Ash Inn in Henstridge near Sherborne, Sherborne Castle, and South Wraxall Manor in Wiltshire, home of Raleigh's friend Sir Walter Long.
Amongst Raleigh's acquaintances in Munster was another Englishman who had been granted land in the Irish colonies, poet Edmund Spenser. In the 1590s, he and Raleigh travelled together from Ireland to the court at London, where Spenser presented part of his allegorical poem The Faerie Queene to Elizabeth I.
Raleigh's management of his Irish estates ran into difficulties which contributed to a decline in his fortunes. In 1602, he sold the lands to Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork, who subsequently prospered under kings James I and Charles I. Following Raleigh's death, members of his family approached Boyle for compensation on the ground that Raleigh had struck an improvident bargain.
In 1584, Queen Elizabeth granted Raleigh a royal charter authorising him to explore, colonise and rule any "remote, heathen and barbarous lands, countries and territories, not actually possessed of any Christian Prince or inhabited by Christian People", in return for one-fifth of all the gold and silver that might be mined there. This charter specified that Raleigh had seven years in which to establish a settlement, or else lose his right to do so. Raleigh and Elizabeth intended that the venture should provide riches from the New World and a base from which to send privateers on raids against the treasure fleets of Spain. Raleigh himself never visited North America, although he led expeditions in 1595 and 1617 to the Orinoco river basin in South America in search of the golden city of El Dorado. Instead, he sent others in 1585 to find the Roanoke Colony, later known as the "Lost Colony".
These expeditions were funded primarily by Raleigh and his friends but never provided the steady stream of revenue necessary to maintain a colony in America. (Subsequent colonisation attempts in the early 17th century were made under the joint-stock Virginia Company, which was able to raise the capital necessary to create successful colonies.)
In 1587, Raleigh attempted a second expedition, again establishing a settlement on Roanoke Island. This time, a more diverse group of settlers was sent, including some entire families, under the governance of John White. After a short while in America, White returned to England to obtain more supplies for the colony, planning to return in a year. Unfortunately for the colonists at Roanoke, one year became three. The first delay came when Queen Elizabeth I ordered all vessels to remain at port for potential use against the Spanish Armada. After England's 1588 victory over the Spanish Armada, the ships were given permission to sail.
The second delay came after White's small fleet set sail for Roanoke and his crew insisted on sailing first towards Cuba in hopes of capturing treasure-laden Spanish merchant ships. Enormous riches described by their pilot, an experienced Portuguese navigator hired by Raleigh, outweighed White's objections to the delay.
When the supply ship arrived in Roanoke, three years later than planned, the colonists had disappeared. The only clue to their fate was the word "CROATOAN" and the letters "CRO" carved into tree trunks. White had arranged with the settlers that if they should move, the name of their destination be carved into a tree or corner post. This suggested the possibility that they had moved to Croatoan Island, but a hurricane prevented John White from investigating the island for survivors. Other speculation includes their having starved, or been swept away or lost at sea during the stormy weather of 1588. No further attempts at contact were recorded for some years. Whatever the fate of the settlers, the settlement is now remembered as the "Lost Colony of Roanoke Island".
In December 1581, Raleigh returned to England from Ireland as his company had been disbanded. He took part in court life and became a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I because of his efforts at increasing the Protestant Church in Ireland. In 1585, Raleigh was knighted and was appointed warden of the stannaries, that is of the tin mines of Cornwall and Devon, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and vice-admiral of the two counties. He was a member of parliament for Devonshire in 1585 and 1586. He was also granted the right to colonise America.
Raleigh commissioned shipbuilder R. Chapman of Deptford to build a ship for him. She was originally called Ark but became Ark Raleigh, following the convention at the time by which the ship bore the name of her owner. The Crown (in the person of Queen Elizabeth I) purchased the ship from Raleigh in January 1587 for £5,000 (£1.1 million in 2015). This took the form of a reduction in the sum that Sir Walter owed the queen; he received Exchequer tallies but no money. As a result, the ship was renamed Ark Royal.
In 1592, Raleigh was given many rewards by the Queen, including Durham House in the Strand and the estate of Sherborne, Dorset. He was appointed Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard. However, he had not been given any of the great offices of state.
In 1591, Raleigh secretly married Elizabeth "Bess" Throckmorton (or Throgmorton). She was one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting, 11 years his junior, and was pregnant at the time. She gave birth to a son, believed to be named Damerei, who was given to a wet nurse at Durham House, but he died in October 1592 of plague. Bess resumed her duties to the queen. The following year, the unauthorised marriage was discovered and the Queen ordered Raleigh to be imprisoned and Bess dismissed from court. Both were imprisoned in the Tower of London in June 1592. He was released from prison in August 1592 to manage a recently returned expedition and attack on the Spanish coast. The fleet was recalled by the Queen, but not before it captured an incredibly rich prize—a merchant ship (carrack) named Madre de Deus (Mother of God) off Flores. Raleigh was sent to organise and divide the spoils of the ship. He was sent back to the Tower, but by early 1593 had been released and become a member of Parliament.
It was several years before Raleigh returned to favour,[clarification needed] and he travelled extensively in this time. Raleigh and his wife remained devoted to each other. They had two more sons, Walter (known as Wat) in 1593 and Carew in 1605.
Raleigh was elected a burgess of Mitchell, Cornwall, in the parliament of 1593. He retired to his estate at Sherborne, where he built a new house, completed in 1594, known then as Sherborne Lodge. Since extended, it is now known as Sherborne New Castle. He made friends with the local gentry, such as Sir Ralph Horsey of Clifton Maybank and Charles Thynne of Longleat. During this period at a dinner party at Horsey's, Raleigh had a heated discussion about religion with Reverend Ralph Ironsides. The argument later gave rise to charges of atheism against Raleigh, though the charges were dismissed. He was elected to Parliament, speaking on religious and naval matters.
First voyage to Guiana
In 1594, he came into possession of a Spanish account of a great golden city at the headwaters of the Caroní River. A year later, he explored what is now Guyana and eastern Venezuela in search of Lake Parime and Manoa, the legendary city. Once back in England, he published The Discovery of Guiana (1596), an account of his voyage which made exaggerated claims as to what had been discovered. The book can be seen as a contribution to the El Dorado legend. Venezuela has gold deposits, but no evidence indicates that Raleigh found any mines. He is sometimes said to have discovered Angel Falls, but these claims are considered far-fetched.
In 1596, Raleigh took part in the capture of Cádiz, where he was wounded. He also served as the rear admiral (a principal command) of the Islands Voyage to the Azores in 1597. On his return from the Azores, Raleigh helped England defend itself against the major threat of the 3rd Spanish Armada during the autumn of 1597. The Armada was dispersed in the Channel and later was devastated by a storm off Ireland. Lord Howard of Effingham and Raleigh were able to organise a fleet that resulted in the capture of a Spanish ship in retreat carrying vital information regarding the Spanish plans.
From 1600 to 1603, as governor of the Channel Island of Jersey, Raleigh modernised its defences. This included the construction of a new fort protecting the approaches to Saint Helier, Fort Isabella Bellissima, or Elizabeth Castle.
Trial and imprisonment
Royal favour with Queen Elizabeth had been restored by this time, but his good fortune did not last; the Queen died on 24 March 1603. Raleigh was arrested on 19 July 1603 at what is now the Old Exeter Inn in Ashburton, charged with treason for his involvement in the Main Plot against Elizabeth's successor, James I, and imprisoned in the Tower of London.
Raleigh's trial began on 17 November in the converted Great Hall of Winchester Castle. Raleigh conducted his own defence. The chief evidence against him was the signed and sworn confession of his friend Henry Brooke, 11th Baron Cobham. Raleigh repeatedly requested that Cobham be called to testify. "[Let] my acuser come face to face, and be deposed. Were the case but for a small copyhold, you would have witnesses or good proof to lead the jury to a verdict; and I am here for my life!" Raleigh argued that the evidence against him was "hearsay", but the tribunal refused to allow Cobham to testify and be cross-examined. Raleigh's trial has been regularly cited as influential in establishing a common law right to confront accusers in court. Raleigh was convicted, but King James spared his life.
While imprisoned in the Tower, Raleigh wrote his incomplete The Historie of the World. Using a wide array of sources in six languages, Raleigh was fully abreast of the latest continental scholarship. He wrote not about England, but of the ancient world with a heavy emphasis on geography. Despite his intention of providing current advice to the King of England, King James I complained that it was "too sawcie in censuring Princes". Raleigh remained imprisoned in the Tower until 1616. His son, Carew, was conceived and born (in 1604 or 1605) while Raleigh was imprisoned in the Tower.
Second voyage to Guiana
In 1617, Raleigh was pardoned by the King and granted permission to conduct a second expedition to Venezuela in search of El Dorado. During the expedition, a detachment of Raleigh's men under the command of his long-time friend Lawrence Kemys attacked the Spanish outpost of Santo Tomé de Guayana on the Orinoco river, in violation of peace treaties with Spain and against Raleigh's orders. A condition of Raleigh's pardon was avoidance of any hostility against Spanish colonies or shipping. In the initial attack on the settlement, Raleigh's son, Walter, was fatally shot. Kemys informed Raleigh of his son's death and begged for forgiveness, but did not receive it, and at once committed suicide. On Raleigh's return to England, an outraged Count Gondomar, the Spanish ambassador, demanded that Raleigh's death sentence be reinstated by King James, who had little choice but to do so. Raleigh was brought to London from Plymouth by Sir Lewis Stukley, where he passed up numerous opportunities to make an effective escape.
Execution and aftermath
Raleigh was beheaded in the Old Palace Yard at the Palace of Westminster on 29 October 1618. "Let us dispatch", he said to his executioner. "At this hour my ague comes upon me. I would not have my enemies think I quaked from fear." After he was allowed to see the axe that would be used to behead him, he mused: "This is a sharp Medicine, but it is a Physician for all diseases and miseries." According to biographers, Raleigh's last words, spoken to the hesitating executioner, were: "What dost thou fear? Strike, man, strike!"
Thomas Hariot may have introduced him to tobacco. Having been one of the people to popularise tobacco smoking in England, he left a small tobacco pouch, found in his cell shortly after his execution. Engraved upon the pouch was a Latin inscription: Comes meus fuit in illo miserrimo tempore ("It was my companion at that most miserable time").
Raleigh's head was embalmed and presented to his wife. His body was to be buried in the local church in Beddington, Surrey, the home of Lady Raleigh, but was finally laid to rest in St. Margaret's, Westminster, where his tomb is presently located. "The Lords", she wrote, "have given me his dead body, though they have denied me his life. God hold me in my wits." It has been said that Lady Raleigh kept her husband's head in a velvet bag until her death. After Raleigh's wife's death 29 years later, his head was removed to his tomb and interred at St. Margaret's Church. Although Raleigh's popularity had waned considerably since his Elizabethan heyday, his execution was seen by many, both at the time and since, as unnecessary and unjust, as for many years his involvement in the Main Plot seemed to have been limited to a meeting with Lord Cobham. One of the judges at his trial later said: "The justice of England has never been so degraded and injured as by the condemnation of the honourable Sir Walter Raleigh."
- The Historie of the World. In five bookes (first ed. 1614). R. White, T. Basset. 1677.
- The Discovery of Guiana. Hakluyt Society. 1848.
Raleigh's poetry is written in the relatively straightforward, unornamented mode known as the plain style. C. S. Lewis considered Raleigh one of the era's "silver poets", a group of writers who resisted the Italian Renaissance influence of dense classical reference and elaborate poetic devices. His writing contains strong personal treatments of themes such as love, loss, beauty, and time. Most of his poems are short lyrics that were inspired by actual events.
In poems such as "What is Our Life" and "The Lie", Raleigh expresses a contemptus mundi (contempt of the world) attitude more characteristic of the Middle Ages than of the dawning era of humanistic optimism. But his lesser-known long poem "The Ocean's Love to Cynthia" combines this vein with the more elaborate conceits associated with his contemporaries Edmund Spenser and John Donne, expressing a melancholy sense of history. The poem was written during his imprisonment in the Tower of London.
Raleigh wrote a poetic response to Christopher Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" of 1592, entitled "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd". Both were written in the style of traditional pastoral poetry and follow the structure of six four-line stanzas employing a rhyme scheme of AABB, with Raleigh's an almost line-for-line refutation of Marlowe's sentiments. Years later, the 20th-century poet William Carlos Williams would join the poetic "argument" with his "Raleigh Was Right".
List of poems
All finished, and some unfinished, poems written by Raleigh or plausibly attributed to him:[c]
- "The Advice"
- "Another of the Same"
- "Conceit begotten by the Eyes"
- "Epitaph on Sir Philip Sidney"
- "Epitaph on the Earl of Leicester"
- "Even such is Time"
- "The Excuse"
- "False Love"
- "Farewell to the Court"
- "His Petition to Queen Anne of Denmark"
- "If Cynthia be a Queen"
- "In Commendation of George Gascoigne's Steel Glass"
- "The Lie"
- "Like Hermit Poor"
- "Lines from Catullus"
- "Love and Time"
- "My Body in the Walls captive"
- "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd"
- "Of Spenser's Faery Queen"
- "On the Snuff of a Candle"
- "The Ocean's Love to Cynthia"
- "A Poem entreating of Sorrow"
- "A Poem put into my Lady Laiton's Pocket"
- "The Pilgrimage"
- "A Prognistication upon Cards and Dice"
- "The Shepherd's Praise of Diana"
- "Sweet Unsure"
- "To His Mistress"
- "To the Translator of Lucan's Pharsalia"
- "What is Our Life?"
- "The Wood, the Weed, the Wag"
In 1845, Shakespeare scholar Delia Bacon first proposed that a group of authors had actually written the plays later attributed to William Shakespeare, the main writer being Walter Raleigh. Later, George S. Caldwell asserted that Raleigh was actually the sole author. These claims have been supported by other scholars throughout subsequent years, including Albert J. Beveridge and Henry Pemberton, but are rejected by the majority of Shakespearean scholars today.[d]
The state capital of North Carolina, its second-largest city, was named Raleigh in 1792, after Sir Walter, sponsor of the Roanoke Colony. In the city, a bronze statue, which has been moved around different locations within the city, was cast in honour of the city's namesake. The "Lost Colony" is commemorated at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island, North Carolina.
Mount Raleigh in the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains in British Columbia, Canada, was named for him, with related features the Raleigh Glacier and Raleigh Creek named in association with the mountain. Mount Gilbert, just to Mount Raleigh's south, was named for his half-brother, Sir Humphrey.
Raleigh has been widely speculated to be responsible for introducing the potato to Europe, and was a key figure in bringing it to Ireland. However, modern historians dispute this claim, suggesting it would have been impossible for Raleigh to have discovered the potato in the places he visited.
Various colourful stories are told about him, such as laying his cloak over a puddle for the Queen, but they are probably apocryphal. The story of Raleigh's trial is included in John George Phillimore's 1850 book The History and Principles of Evidence, and his commentary on the story is included in many law school textbooks on evidence in common law countries.
This section needs additional citations for verification. (October 2022)
Many people claim descent from Sir Walter Raleigh, but nearly all have no basis in fact. The only authentic lines of descent are as follows:
Raleigh's only surviving child, Carew Raleigh, had three surviving children—Walter (d. 1660), Anne (d. 1708) and Philip (d. 1705).
The elder son, Walter Raleigh, was knighted in June 1660, but died two months later. He was buried at West Horsley. He left three surviving children—Elizabeth, Philippa and Anne. Philippa (who married Oliver Weekes, of Tortingdon, Sussex) and Anne (who married William Knight, of Barrells, Warwickshire) left descendants. It was Philippa Weekes' daughter, Elizabeth Elwes, who seems to have owned the main store of Raleigh memorabilia and was consulted by William Oldys in 1735 when he was writing his Life of Raleigh.
Anne Raleigh married Sir Peter Tyrrell, of Castlethorpe, Bucks. Her granddaughter, Harriet, married Francis Mann, of Kidlington, Oxfordshire, and died in 1785, leaving descendants.
Philip Raleigh championed his grandfather's cause, publishing several of his hitherto unpublished papers. He had a family of four sons and three daughters. The youngest son, Carew Raleigh, page of honour to William III, was serving as a captain's servant on HMS Bredah when he died of fever in the West Indies in 1697, aged seventeen. The second son, Lieut. Brudenell Raleigh, was also serving in the navy in the West Indies when he died of fever in June 1698, aged 22. The eldest son, Captain Walter Raleigh, Grenadier Guards, was page of honour to Queen Mary, and was killed at the siege of Schellenberg in 1704, aged 31. He was unmarried. After Walter's death, his father was granted a pension by the crown, 'in consideration of his 3 sons being slain in the late and present war'. The third son, Captain-Lieutenant Grenville Raleigh, served in the Duke of Marlborough's army throughout the War of the Spanish Succession and died of fever in 1717, while guarding the prisoners at Chester after the 1715 Jacobite rising. He had married and had two sons and a daughter, Mary. On the death of his daughter in Bath in 1783, it was noted that she was 'the only surviving descendant in the direct line of Sir Walter Raleigh'.
Of Philip Raleigh's daughters, Anne and Elizabeth both died unmarried. The eldest daughter, Frances, married William Honywood, eldest son of Sir William Honywood, of Evington Place, Elmsted, Kent and died in 1730. Her many descendants include the present Lord Mountbatten and the actor Hugh Grant.
- Many alternative spellings of his surname exist, including Rawley, Ralegh, Ralagh and Rawleigh. "Raleigh" appears most commonly today, but he is known to have used that spelling only once. His most consistent preference was for "Ralegh". His full name is / /, but in practice, // RAL-ee and even // RAH-lee are the usual modern pronunciations in England.
- Raleigh of Pilton: Gules crusilly or, a bend vair; arms of Raleigh of Fardell: Gules, five fusils conjoined in bend argent
- As ye came from the holy land is often attributed to Raleigh, but, in the words of Bullett 1947, p. 280, "it certainly existed before Ralegh arrived on the scene; Ralegh's connexion with it is largely a matter of conjecture"
- Kathman 2003, p. 621: "...antiStratfordism has remained a fringe belief system"; Schoenbaum 1991, p. 450; Paster 1999, p. 38: "To ask me about the authorship question ... is like asking a palaeontologist to debate a creationist's account of the fossil record."; Nelson 2004, pp. 149–51: "I do not know of a single professor of the 1,300-member Shakespeare Association of America who questions the identity of Shakespeare ... antagonism to the authorship debate from within the profession is so great that it would be as difficult for a professed Oxfordian to be hired in the first place, much less gain tenure..."; Carroll 2004, pp. 278–9: "I have never met anyone in an academic position like mine, in the Establishment, who entertained the slightest doubt as to Shakespeare's authorship of the general body of plays attributed to him."; Pendleton 1994, p. 21: "Shakespeareans sometimes take the position that to even engage the Oxfordian hypothesis is to give it a countenance it does not warrant."; Sutherland & Watts 2000, p. 7: "There is, it should be noted, no academic Shakespearian of any standing who goes along with the Oxfordian theory."; Gibson 2005, p. 30: "...most of the great Shakespearean scholars are to be found in the Stratfordian camp..."
- Wolfe 2018.
- "The Church and Town of Sir Walter Raleigh". United Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. 21 May 2021. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
- Black et al. 2011, p. 724.
- Nicholls & Williams 2004.
- Batten 2020.
- Cherry & Pevsner 2004, p. 288.
- Vivian 1895, p. 638.
- Vivian 1895, pp. 639, 405, 162.
- Ronald 2007, p. 249.
- Bremer & Webster 2006, p. 454.
- Register of Admissions to the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, vol. I, p. 39
- Edwards 1868, pp. 26–33.
- Fairholt 1859.
- St. John 1869, p. 52-77.
- Nicholls & Williams 2011, p. 15.
- Laughton & Lee 1896.
- "Charter to Sir Walter Raleigh: 1584". The Avalon Project. Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
- Quinn 1985.
- "The lost colony of Roanoke Island". The Smithsonian Institution. Archived from the original on 1 November 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
- Hakluyt 1965, p. 522.
- Quinn 1985, pp. 125–126.
- Quinn 1985, pp. 130–133.
- "Walter Raleigh Biography". The Biography Channel. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
- Collier 1852, p. 151.
- May 1989, p. 8.
- May 1989, p. 13.
- May 1989, p. 21.
- May 1989, p. 14.
- Raleigh 1848.
- "Walter Raleigh – Delusions of Guiana". The Lost World: The Gran Sabana, Canaima National Park and Angel Falls – Venezuela. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
- May 1989, p. 16.
- May 1989, p. 19.
- 1 Criminal Trials 400, 400–511, 1850.
- "Note on the trial under commission of Oyer and Terminer with a jury, at a court of assizes" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 June 2010.
- White, Penny J. (Spring 2003). "Rescuing the Confrontation Clause" (PDF). South Carolina Law Review. 54 (3). Retrieved 24 October 2021.
- Perry, Hadley (Spring 2008). "Virtually Face-to-Face: The Confrontation Clause and the Use of Two-Way Video Testimony". Roger Williams University Law Review. 13 (2). Retrieved 24 October 2021.
- Jonakait, Randolph N. (Autumn 1995). "The Origins of the Confrontation Clause: An Alternative History" (PDF). Rutgers Law Journal. 27 (1): 77–168. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
- Shaviro, Daniel N. (1991). "The Confrontation Clause Today in Light of its Common Law Background". Valparaiso University Law Review. 26: 337–66. Retrieved 24 October 2021.
- Rowse 1962, p. 241.
- Raleigh 1677.
- Popper 2012, p. 18.
- Racin 1974.
- Wallace 1959, p. 256.
- Wallace 1959, p. 228.
- Wolffe 2004.
- Laughton 1898.
- Forbes, Malcolm (1988). They Went That-a-way. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 250. ISBN 0-671-65709-7.
- Trevelyan 2002, p. 552.
- Ley 1965, p. 88.
- Borio 2007.
- "Sir Walter Raleigh's tobacco pouch". Wallace Collection. Archived from the original on 9 November 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
- Williams 1988.
- Durant & Durant 1961, p. 158, Chap. VI.
- Brushfield 1896.
- Lloyd & Mitchinson 2006.
- Christenson 1991, pp. 385–387.
- "Crawford v. Washington" (PDF). p. 44. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
- "Notes for The Passionate Shepherd to His Love". Dr. Bruce Magee, Louisiana Tech University. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- Farrand 2013.
- Hechinger 2011.
- Wallechinsky & Wallace 1981.
- "BBC – Great Britons – Top 100". Internet Archive. Archived from the original on 4 December 2002. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
- "Mathew Holmes lute books: Sir Walter Raleigh's galliard". Cambridge Digital Library. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
- "The Lost Colony – #1 OBX Attraction". The Lost Colony.
- "Raleigh County history sources". West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
- "Mount Raleigh". BCNames/GeoBC
- "Raleigh Glacier". BC Names/GeoBC
- "Raleigh Creek". BC Names/GeoBC
- "Mount Gilbert". BC Names/GeoBC
- Salaman & Burton 1985, p. 148.
- The Beatles (The White Album) "I'm So Tired" website. Retrieved 11 December 2014
- Naunton, Robert Fragmenta Regalia 1694, reprinted 1824.
- Fuller 1684, p. 749.
- 10 Historical Misconceptions, HowStuffWorks
- King 2019.
- Batten, Jim (16 August 2020). "Woodbury Common – Hayes Barton". britishexplorers.com. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
- Black, Joseph; et al., eds. (2011). The Broadview Anthology of British Literature. Vol. A (2nd ed.). Broadview Press. ISBN 978-1-77048-086-5.
- Borio, Gene (2007). "Tobacco Timeline: The Seventeenth Century-The Great Age of the Pipe". Tobacco.org. Archived from the original on 9 November 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
- Bremer, Francis J.; Webster, Tom (2006). Puritans and Puritanism in Europe and America: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-1-57607-678-1.
- Brushfield, Thomas Nadauld (1896). Raleghana. Vol. 8. Plymouth.
- Bullett, Gerald (1947). Silver Poets of the 16th Century. Everyman's Library. Vol. 1985. London: Dent.
- Carroll, D. Allen (2004). "Reading the 1592 Groatsworth Attack on Shakespeare". Tennessee Law Review. Tennessee Law Review Association. 72 (1): 277–94. ISSN 0040-3288.
- Cherry, Bridget; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2004). The Buildings of England: Devon. Penguin. ISBN 978-0-300-09596-8.
- Christenson, Ron (1991). Political Trials in History: From Antiquity to the Present. Transaction. ISBN 978-0-88738-406-6.
- Collier, John Payne (1852). "Additional Information respecting the Life and Services of Sir Walter Raleigh". Archaeologia. The Society of Antiquaries of London. 34 (2): 151. doi:10.1017/S026134090000103X.
- Edwards, Edward (1868). The Life of Sir Walter Ralegh. Vol. 1. Macmillan & Company.
- Durant, Will; Durant, Ariel (1961). The Story of Civilization. Vol. VII. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1567310238.
- Fairholt, Frederick William (1859). Tobacco, Its History and Associations. London: Chapman and Hall.
- Fuller, Thomas (1684). Anglorum Speculum: Or The Worthies of England, in Church and State. J. Wright.
- Farrand, Michael J. (26 January 2013). "Far and few between: Walter Raleigh Wrote Shakespeare?".
- Gibson, H. N. (2005) . The Shakespeare Claimants. Routledge Library Editions—Shakespeare. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-35290-1. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
- Hakluyt, Richard (1965). Irwin R. Blacker (ed.). Hakluyt's Voyages: The Principle Navigations Voyages Traffiques & Discoveries of the English Nation. New York: Viking Press. ISBN 978-0-670-01067-7.
- Hechinger, Paul (October 2011). "Did Shakespeare Really Write His Plays? A Few Theories Examined". BBC America. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
- Kathman, David (2003). "The Question of Authorship". In Wells, Stanley; Orlin, Lena Cowen (eds.). Shakespeare: an Oxford Guide. Oxford Guides. Oxford University Press. pp. 620–32. ISBN 978-0-19-924522-2.
- King, Walter Raleigh (2019). Sunk Down among the People: The Story of the Descendants of Sir Walter Raleigh. Kindle Direct Publishing. ASIN B081SKM5HD.
- Laughton, John Knox; Lee, Sidney (1896). Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. 47. London: Smith, Elder & Co. . In
- Laughton, John Knox (1898). Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. 55. London: Smith, Elder & Co. . In
- Ley, Willy (December 1965). Frederik Pohl (ed.). "The Healthfull Aromatick Herbe". For Your Information. Galaxy Science Fiction.
- Lloyd, J.; Mitchinson, J. (2006). The Book of General Ignorance. Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-307-39491-3.
- May, Steven W. (1989). Sir Walter Ralegh. Boston, MA: Twayne. ISBN 9780805769838. Raleigh as a writer and poet.
- Nicholls, Mark; Williams, Penry (17 September 2004). "Ralegh, Sir Walter (1554–1618)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/23039. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- Nelson, Alan H. (2004). "Stratford Si! Essex No!". Tennessee Law Review. Tennessee Law Review Association. 72 (1): 149–69. ISSN 0040-3288.
- Nicholls, Mark; Williams, Penry (2011). Sir Walter Raleigh: In Life and Legend. A&C Black. ISBN 978-1-4411-1209-5.
- Paster, Gail Kern (April 1999). "The Sweet Swan" (subscription required). Harper's Magazine. pp. 38–41. Retrieved 2 March 2011.
- Pendleton, Thomas A. (1994). "Irvin Matus's Shakespeare, IN FACT". Shakespeare Newsletter. University of Illinois at Chicago. 44 (Summer): 21, 26–30. ISSN 0037-3214.
- Popper, Nicholas (2012). Walter Ralegh's "History of the World" and the Historical Culture of the Late Renaissance. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-67502-2.
- Quinn, David B. (1985). Set Fair for Roanoke: Voyages and Colonies, 1584-1606. Chapel Hill: UNC Press. ISBN 978-0-8078-4123-5.
- Racin, John (1974). Sir Walter Ralegh as Historian: An Analysis of The History of the World. Inst. f. Engl. Sprache u. Literatur, Univ. Salzburg.
- Ronald, Susan (2007). The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of Empire. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-082066-4.
- Rowse, Alfred Leslie (1962). Ralegh and the Throckmortons. London: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 9787800419980.
- Salaman, Redcliffe N.; Burton, William Glynn (1985). The History and Social Influence of the Potato. Cambridge: University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-31623-1.
- Schoenbaum, S. (1991). Shakespeare's Lives (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-818618-2.
- St. John, James Augustus (1869). "Perpetrates the Massacre of Del Oro". Life of Sir Walter Raleigh: 1552-1618. Chapman & Hall.
- Sutherland, John; Watts, Cedric T. (2000). Henry V, War Criminal?: and Other Shakespeare Puzzles. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-283879-7. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
- Trevelyan, Raleigh (2002). Sir Walter Raleigh. Allen Lane. ISBN 978-0-7139-9326-4.
- Vivian, John Lambrick (1895). The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Herald's Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620. H. S. Eland.
- Wallace, Willard Mosher (1959). Sir Walter Raleigh. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-1-4008-7900-7. OCLC 927442536.
- Wallechinsky, David; Wallace, Irving (1981). "Who Really Wrote Shakespeare's Plays? Sir Walter Raleigh ?". trivia-library.com. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
- Williams, Norman Lloyd (1988). Sir Walter Raleigh. Cassell Biographies. ISBN 9780304322411. OCLC 18325609. OL 24939443M.
- Wolfe, Brendan (29 October 2018). "Sir Walter Raleigh (ca. 1552–1618)". Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
- Wolffe, Mary (23 September 2004). "Stucley, Sir Lewis". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/26740. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- Adamson, J.H. and Folland, H. F. Shepherd of the Ocean, 1969
- Beer, Anna Sir Walter Raleigh and his readers in the Seventeenth Century (Springer, 1997).
- Beer, Anna Patriot or Traitor: The Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh (Oneworld, 2018)
- Hiscock, Andrew. "Walter Ralegh and the Arts of Memory." Literature Compass 4.4 (2007): 1030–1058.
- Dwyer, Jack Dorset Pioneers The History Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-7524-5346-0
- Gallay, Alan. Walter Ralegh: Architect of Empire (2019), a major scholarly biography excerpt
- Holmes, John. "The Guiana Projects: Imperial and Colonial Ideologies in Ralegh and Purchas." Literature & History 14.2 (2005): 1–13.
- Lawson-Peebles, Robert. "The many faces of Sir Walter Ralegh" History Today 48.3 (1998): 17+.
- Lewis, C. S. English Literature in the Sixteenth Century Excluding Drama, (1954).
- Lyons, Mathew. The Favourite: Ralegh and His Queen (Hachette UK, 2011).
- Lyons, Mathew. "Cloaked in Mystery." History Today (2012) 62.7 pp 72–72
- Pemberton, Henry (Author); Carroll Smyth (Editor), Susan L. Pemberton (Contributor) Shakespeare And Sir Walter Raleigh: Including Also Several Essays Previously Published In The New Shakspeareana, Kessinger Publishing, LLC; 264 pages, 2007. ISBN 978-0548312483
- Ralegh, Sir Walter, and Michael Rudick. "The Poems of Sir Walter Ralegh: A Historical Edition." (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies/Renaissance English Text Society, 1999).
- Stebbing, William: Sir Walter Ralegh Oxford, 1899 Project Gutenberg eText
- Tytler, Patrick Fraser (1848). Life of Sir Walter Raleigh, Founded on Authentic and Original Documents. London: T. Nelson and Sons (published 1853). Retrieved 17 August 2008.
- The Sir Walter Raleigh Collection in Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Sir Walter Raleigh's Grave
- Biography of Sir Walter Raleigh at Britannia.com
- Sir Walter Raleigh at the Fort Raleigh website
- Quotes attributed to Sir Walter Raleigh
- Story of Raleigh's last years and his beheading
- Poetry by Sir Walter Raleigh, plus commentary
- Searching for the Lost Colony Blog
- Robert Viking O'Brien & Stephen Kent O'Brien, Discovery of Guiana essay, Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature
- Sir Walter Raleigh portal at luminarium.org
- Works by Walter Raleigh at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Walter Raleigh at Internet Archive
- Works by Walter Raleigh at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- The History of the World at Hathi Trust