Sir Martin Frobisher (1535-1594)


The merchant-adventurer, privateer and naval commander Sir Martin Frobisher died on this day in 1594, of wounds sustained in a naval action against the Spanish (*).


His organs were buried in the church of St Andrew in Plymouth, and the rest of his body  in the church of St Giles Cripplegate in London, where there is a memorial to him.

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Frobisher had previously set sail on board the “Gabriel” from Ratcliff in 1576 on the second of three ultimately unsuccessful voyages in search of the North-West Passage to China, returning from Canada with a cargo of what turned out to be worthless “fool’s  gold”.   The site in Ratcliff is marked by a “London County Council” plaque of 1922 in King Edward Memorial Park.

(*) He was  knighted for his service in seeing off the Spanish Armada in 1588.

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