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Sir Richard Grenville
Contemporary portrait of Sir Richard Grenville, inscribed: An(no) D(omi)ni 1571 aetatis suae 29 ("In the year of Our Lord 1571, of his age 29"). National Portrait Gallery, London.
Born 15 June 1542
Bideford, Devon, England
Died 10 September 1591(1591-09-10) (aged 49)
Flores, Azores Islands
Allegiance  Kingdom of England
Service/branch  Royal Navy
Rank Admiral
Commands held Revenge
Battles/wars Second Desmond Rebellion
Anglo–Spanish War (1585)
Battle of Gravelines
Battle of Flores (1591)
Relations Son Bernard Grenville

Sir Richard Grenville (1542 – 1591) was an English sailor, sea captain and explorer. He took part in the early English attempts to settle the New World. He was in the fight against the Spanish Armada. He died in 1591 at the Battle of Flores, fighting against overwhelming odds, and refusing to surrender his ship, the Revenge, to the far more numerous Spanish.

Sir Richard Grenville was a British naval commander. He was born of an old Cornish family in about 1541. His grandfather, Sir Richard, was a marshal of Calais during the time of Henry VIII. Richard Grenville's father commanded and lost his life in the "Mary Rose" in 1545. At an early age Richard Grenville served in Hungary under the emperor Maximilian against the Turks.


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