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Famous People from Scarborough and the surrounding area

Edith Sitwell

Edith Sitwell

Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell DBE Born on the 7th of September 1887 – Died on the 9th of December 1964 Edith L Sitwell was a British poet and critic and the eldest of the three literary Sitwell family. Dame E L Sitwell published poetry continuously from 1913, some of it abstract and set to music. […]

Sir Edward James Harland

Sir Edward Harland Statue

Sir Edward James Harland Born 15th May 1831 – Died 24th December 1895 Edward Harland was born in Scarborough in the North Riding of Yorkshire. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy. In 1846 at the age of 15 he took an apprenticeship at the engineering works of Robert Stephenson and Company, famous locomotive engineers, […]

Henry Vandyke Carter

Henry Vandyke Carter

Henry Vandyke Carter was born on 22 May 1831, and was the eldest son of the artist Henry Barlow Carter. He was formally educated at Hull Grammar School before apprenticing as an apothecary-surgeon and taking medical courses at St George’s Hospital in London. In June 1853, Carter became a student in human and comparative anatomy […]

Lord Frederic Leighton

Lord Frederic Leighton

Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton PRA 3 December 1830 – 25 January 1896 He became Sir Frederic Leighton between 1878 and 1896, was an English painter and sculptor. His works depicted historical, biblical, and classical subject matter. Leighton was bearer of the shortest-lived peerage in history; after only one day his hereditary peerage ended with […]

John Atkinson Grimshaw

John Atkinson Grimshaw

John Atkinson Grimshaw 6 September 1836 to 13 October 1893 John Atkinson Grimshaw was a Victorian-era artist, a “remarkable and imaginative painter” known for his city night-scenes and landscapes. His early paintings were signed “JAG,” “J. A. Grimshaw,” or “John Atkinson Grimshaw,” though he finally settled on “Atkinson Grimshaw.” Atkinson Grimshaw was born 6 September 1836 […]

Vinegar Joe

Woodend Scarborough

Vinegar Joe Robert Palmer’s writing increased apace and he had sole or shared writing credits on 8 of the tracks across the 3 Vinegar Joe albums, including the single “Never Met A Dog” The album Six Star General included a cover of an Andy Fraser (Free and ex John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers bass player) song “Talkin’ […]

Mandrakes Scarborough

Lookout on top of Scarborough Headland

Mandrakes Scarborough Robert Palmer went to art school at Scarborough Technical College and his first band was The Mandrakes which were formed in 1965. This band had nothing to do with The Mandrake Paddle Steamer contrary to previous press reports. The Mandrakes supported many renowned acts during this period at local venues and appeared from […]

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