If you are taking holidays in Devon and already visited all museums, took a hiking trip to explore the beautiful surroundings, tried the famous tea, and attended the festival, then you can make your own tour and find out more about the famous people who were born or lived here in Devon. Hide your skeptical face back in your luggage because the great personalities from pirates and businessmen to writers and musicians are somehow related to this place. Be ready to be amazed!
For the fans of Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean, Henry Every should be a very interesting person as he is considered as one of the most famous English pirates. As the career path of being a pirate is quite dangerous, this man is also known with a few other names such as Jack Avery, John Avery, Benjamin Bridgeman, and the nickname Long Ben.
Henry Every was a smart smuggler and pirate, as a result, he escaped the royal guards and was not arrested or killed by them. His exposing behavior captured a lot of attention and inspired many young men to take up piracy as it is recorded by the official sources of the royal guards. The highlight of his career was an attack of 25 ships of Grand Mughal on the way to Mecca. Henry Every and his crew stole a lot of jewelry and precious metals and the total amount might be worth about £92 million now. So, there is no surprise that he still is famous!
There are so many shady facts about this person that everything seems like a fiction story now. However, some sources declare that Henry Every had a love affair here in Devon when his firstborn son was born. According to this source, Henry was killed in Devon while visited his son between 1699 and 1714 but this story has never been historically proved.
The detective book lovers would be happy to explore the places where one of the most recognizable English writer Agatha Christie lived in Devon. This woman is well-known for her sixty-six detective novels, fourteen short stories, and such outstanding character as the famous detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple who have been featured in many famous movies.
She was born and lived with her parents in Devon until the divorce with her first husband Archibald Christie in 1928. It is not 100% clear, but it might be that she has created the famous detective Hercule Poirot while living in Devon because the first novel with this character was published in 1920. During the World Wars, Agatha Christie worked as a nurse in different hospitals. In 1930, she married again and spend a lot of time traveling through the Middle East with her husband who was an archeologist. As a result, many poisoning cases in some eastern countries are developed in her later books. Agatha Christie is included in the Guinness World Records list as the best-selling fiction writer of all time and was awarded by the Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award.