Person:Richard Grenville (10)

Sir Richard Grenville
b.6 Jun 1542 Devonshire, England
  1. Sir Richard Grenville1542 - 1591
  1. Sir Bernard Grenville1559 - 1636
Facts and Events
Name Sir Richard Grenville
Gender Male
Birth[1] 6 Jun 1542 Devonshire, England
Death[1] 10 Sep 1591 At Sea, near the Azores during the Battle of Flores
Reference Number? Q389665?
  1. 1.0 1.1 Sir Richard Grenville, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, Secondary quality.

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    Sir Richard Grenville (15 June 1542 – 10 September 1591), also spelt Greynvile, Greeneville, and Greenfield, was an English sailor who, as captain of , died at the Battle of Flores (1591), fighting against overwhelming odds, and refusing to surrender his ship to the far more numerous Spanish. His ship, Revenge, met 53 Spanish warships near Flores in the Azores. He and his crew fought the fifty three in a three-day running battle. Many Spanish ships were sunk or so badly damaged that they had to retire from the battle. Revenge was boarded three times and each time the boarders were seen off.

    Grenville was lord of the manors of Stowe, Kilkhampton in Cornwall and of Bideford in Devon. He was also a soldier, an armed merchant fleet owner, privateer, colonizer, and explorer. He took part in the early English attempts to settle the New World, and also participated in the fight against the Spanish Armada. His non-military offices included Member of Parliament for Cornwall, High Sheriff of County Cork in 1569–70 and Sheriff of Cornwall in 1576–77. He was the grandfather of Sir Bevil Grenville (1596–1643) of English Civil War fame, whose son was John Granville, 1st Earl of Bath (1628–1701).

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  2.   Tyler, Lyon Gardiner. Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography. (New York, New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., c1915), 1:15, Secondary quality.

    Grenville, Sir Richard, son of Sir Roger Grenville, and his wife Thomasine, daughter of Thomas Cole, Esq., of Slade, in Devonshire, was born in 1540, and at an early age acquired much distinction in fighting the Turks;
    member of parliament for Cornwall, 1571, and for Launceston, 1572-83;
    knighted at "Windesore," in 1577;
    sheriff of Cornwall, 1578;
    became greatly interested in foreign discoveries;
    aided Raleigh in sending out Amidas and Barlow to America, 1584;
    member of parliament for Cornwall, 1584-85, and served on committee for conferring Raleigh's patent of colonization;
    took the first colony to Virginia, April to October, 1585;
    went on a second voyage bringing supplies, April to December, 1586;
    took Spanish prizes on each voyage;
    member of council of war to resist the Spanish Armada, 1587, and fought in the great sea fight 1588;
    1591, vice-admiral of the fleet under Sir Thomas Howard, and lost his life in a sea fight near the Azores, in which his single ship withstood for many hours five Spanish galleons supported at intervals by ten others. An old chronicler asserts that it was "the stoutest sea fight ever waged."

    He married Mary, daughter of Sir John St. Leger, and their eldest son was Bernard Grenville.