RUNNER UP: Sir Francis Drake
THE Tavistock-born seafarer was a prolific figure during 16th Century Elizabethan England.
Drake was the first Englishman to sail around the globe in 1577, setting sail from Plymouth and arriving back three years later. It was only the second time someone had completed the feat.
Later in 1585, he helped lead the English fleet to victory over the invading Spanish Armada serving as Vice Admiral to Lord Howard of Effingham.
Legend has it that when Drake was told of the approaching Spanish fleet, he insisted on finishing his game of bowls on the Hoe before engaging in attack.
Sir Francis Drake had lifelong links to the city. He married Mary Newman in 1569 in St Budeaux Parish Church and served as both Mayor and a Member of Parliament for Plymouth.