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Local People, National Heroes
Looking for inspirational local people that have become national heroes? Look no further.
Charles Eastlake (1793–1865), painter, scholar and arts administrator, was born in Plympton and went on to become President of the Royal Academy and the first Director of the National Gallery, London.
Joshua Reynolds was born in the town of Plympton (now a suburb of the city of Plymouth), on 16 July 1723. He was the youngest of seven sons born to the Reverend Samuel Reynolds, a local Grammar School master, and his wife Theophilia.
Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his Terra Nova Expedition team bravely walked across 800 miles of snow and ice to the South Pole, reaching their destination on 17 January 1912. Sadly, tragedy struck during their return journey and they perished in the cold wasteland as they ran out of food.