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Captain Scott's South Pole Expedition of 1912. Image © Plymouth City Council (Museums and Archives)

Local People, National Heroes

Looking for inspirational local people that have become national heroes? Here are just a few examples.

Charles Eastlake

Charles Eastlake (1793 to 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.

Sir Joshua Reynolds

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. He went on to become one of the 18th century's most well-known portrait painters and the founding President of the Royal Academy.

Scott of the Antarctic

Captain Robert Falcon Scott ('Scott of the Antarctic') was born and educated in Plymouth. In 1912 his Terra Nova Expedition team bravely walked across 800 miles of snow and ice to become the first Britons to ever reach the South Pole.

Sir Patrick Abercrombie and James Paton-Watson

Plymouth's city centre and a number of its suburbs were virtually destroyed by incendiary bombs during the 1941 Blitz of World War II. As a result of this, Professor Sir Patrick Abercrombie, a trained Architect and Town Planner, and James Paton-Watson, a Borough Engineer and Surveyor who became Plymouth's City Engineer in 1936, created 'The Plan for Plymouth' - an ambitious scheme designed to raise Plymouth out of the rubble and turn it into a 21st century city.

Nancy Astor

Viscountess Nancy Astor (1879 to 1964) was the first female MP to ever take a seat in the House of Commons in 1919. She represented the Plymouth ward of Sutton for 25 years and was also Lady Mayoress during the Blitz. Originally hailing from Virginia, USA she was a woman of contrasts: liked and disliked; fiercely independent and outspoken yet reliant on her friendships and husband; wealthy yet generous; renowned for her garden and dinner parties yet a prohibitionist and a campaigner for social causes. As well as ensuring that Plymouth will forever play a part in British political history, she also left a legacy thanks to her and her husband's interest in social issues and their generosity with their wealth.