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Constable, Marmaduke -- 1585-86 Military Colonists


Raleigh's First Colony, 1585-86
Raleigh sent a colony of 108 persons to Roanoke Island. The expedition, commanded by Raleigh's cousin, Sir Richard Grenville, sailed from Plymouth, England, on April 9, 1585, in seven ships, the largest of which was of 140 tons' burthen.
Included in the group was Marmaduke Constable.


Write up extracted from: 

Constable Research File

Constable, Marmaduke -- 1585-86 Military Colonists


From Roberta Estes:


Marmaduke Constable, a member of Lane's expedition of 1585-1586, might be said to have been famous on a local scale. I cite him here merely as an example, of which there are others, of representatives of prominent families who came to Roanoke. Marmaduke entered Caius College, Cambridge, in 1581, so he must have joined Lane when he was fresh out of college. He is described as a "gentleman" and eventually succeeded his father as local squire, married a neighbor's daughter, and left descendants who still live at the same place. Our Marmaduke is buried in York Minster, one of the "must" cathedrals on all lists for tourists of England to visit.


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