Plympton's most famous son, he became the first president of The Royal Academy, and was knighted by George III. He was a great artist, and amongst the most famous produced in England. He always maintained his links with Plympton, being the MP for the town, and the Mayor in 1773. He was also a member of the Stannary Parliament, which met on the Crockern on Dartmoor to discuss Tin Mining issues, and was probably several hours ride away in those days. He died in 1796
There were also three other famous Artists from St Maurice in the 18th Century. James Northcote (1746-1831) was a pupil of Reynolds. Charles lock Eastlake (1793-1865) also became president of the Royal Academy and was the First Director of the National Gallery in London. He painted a really famous portrait of Napoleon on the Bellerophon when the boat was moored in Plymouth. Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786-1846) was a close friend of Wordworth and Keats, (who both wrote about him), and was a leading figure in 19th century art. All three attended the Grammar School in Longbrook Street.
Plympton Castle has had a fairly torrid history. It stands on what was probably the country's earliest British settlement. A contingent from the castle helped repel the Danes at Wembury in 851. Little resistance was offered to William the Conqueror, and It was under seige by the Sherriff of Devon under the reign of Henry III. It is unsure as to when it was actually put into the state of ruin it now stands, although it is probably due to the seige of Baldwin de Redvers by the Sherriff. However it is recorded that it was a ruin in the 16th century.