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The Greatest Cumbrian?
Chris Bonington ascending Everest
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The top 10 Cumbrians - as voted for by you.

John 'Iron Mad' Wilkinson

Beatrix Potter

Donald Campbell

William Wordsworth

John Ruskin

Postman Pat

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John Paul Jones

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The List

Bill Peascod, a distinguished painter and a leading light in the development of Lakeland climbing.

Kevin Beatty, England international and Ipswich footballer.

Peter Thompson, England international and Liverpool footballer.

Sir Chris Bonington, climber and explorer

Lee Brennan, singer with the pop group 911

Stan Laurel, Ulverston born film comedian

Beatrix Potter, writer of children's tales and farmer

Donald Campbell, world record breaker

Postman Pat, animated creation of John Cunliffe

John Ruskin, poet, writer and conservationist

William Wordworth, writer and Poet Laureate

Fletcher Christian, of the Bounty mutiny

Thomas Henry Ismay, founder of the White Star Line

George Romney, artist

Dr Bill Rollinson, a Barrovian and leading historical geographer on Cumbria

James Ramsden, founding father of Barrow

Norman Nicholson, Millom poet

Sir John Barrow, explorer and first Sea Lord who helped discover Antarctica

Alfred Wainwright, author and fell walker

Troy Donockley, Workington born musician.

Rev. Fearon Fallows, Cockermouth, founded the Royal Observatory at the Cape of Good Hope

Catherine Parr, Kendal born last wife of Henry VIII

Margaret Forster, Carlisle author

Hunter Davies, Carlisle author

Melvyn Bragg, Wigton born writer and presenter

Jonathan Swift, writer of Gullivers Travels purportedly born in Whithaven.

Rev William Gilpin, writer of Observations on Cumberland and Westmorland, 1786

Maddy Prior, folk musician and singer with Steel-eye span

Ken Russell, film maker with a penchant for making films in Cumbria

Viscount William Whitelaw, Home Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister

Adam Sedgwick, father of modern geology, grew up in Dent.

John Basil Budden, author, race commentator and journalist.

John Paul Jones, Commander in the American Navy, sailed ships out of Whitehaven and inved there in 1778!

Lord Birkett of Ulverston, lawyer, MP and Judge at the Nuremburg Trials.

St Ninian, Bringer of Chrisianity to the Borders and probably born in north Cumbria, near the Solway.

Anna Ford, Cumbrian born newsreader

Robert Southey, Poet Laureate and Keswick resident for 40 years

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Poet, writer, Keswick resident and first recorded solo rock climb

Thomas de Quincey, writer of Confessions of an English Opium Eater

Jimmy Glass, 'saviour' of Carlisle United in the 1998-99 season

John Peel, Cumbrian huntsman

John Dalton, noted scientist and father of the Atomic Theory

Arthur Ransome, writer of Swallows and Amazons

Mike Figgis, film maker who spent his childhood in Carlisle

The Emperor Hadrian, wall builder

Stella Rimmington, former director of MI5, raised in Barrow

W G Collingwood, artist, writer and antiquarian and founder of the Lake Artists Society

Canon Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley, founder of the National Trust

Emlyn Hughes, Barrow born footballer

Francis Dunnery, Egremont born musician, lead singer and guitarist with 'It Bites'.

Carl Stonehewer, Speedway champion for Workington Comets

William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65) - Sweet William/Stinking Billy

John 'Iron Mad' Wilkinson, improved the cannon, made the first iron barge

Charlotte Mason, founder of the 'House of Education' at Ambleside

Eddie Stobart, Businessman, haulier and entrepreneur

Percy Kelly, Artist from Great Broughton

Lord Jack Adams, miner and politician

Lady Anne Clifford, 16th Century restorer of castles, churches and almshouses

Chris Balderstone, footballer and first class cricketer

Jancis Robinson, Cumbrian born writer, broadcaster and wine expert.

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