Ralph Lane Colony

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In History
  • 1554


    Ralph attended Oxford University
  • 1560

    English Parliament

    English Parliament
    served in the English Parliament in late 1550s and early 1560s
  • 1563

    Serving the Queen

    Serving the Queen
    Lane was serving in Queen Elizabeth I’s court, marking the beginning of a career of service to queen and country.
  • 1569

    Military Skills

    Military Skills
    Lane participated in a force that suppressed a rebellion in Scotland in 1569 where he gained accolades for his military skill.
  • 1570

    Maritime affairs

    Maritime affairs
    By the early 1570s, Lane had involved himself in maritime affairs which included a queen’s commission to seize ships in 1571.
  • 1580

    Spain's Struggle

    Spain's Struggle
    By the late 1570s and early 1580s, he was developing plans and offering his services in helping England struggle with Spain.
  • Commision to Ireland

    Commision to Ireland
    In 1583, Lane received a commission to go to Ireland and direct the construction of forts.
  • Virginia

    In 1585 the queen recalled Lane from Ireland and he was given command of the colony that Sir Walter Raleigh was organizing to sail to Virginia (Roanoke Island).
  • The 7 ships

    The 7 ships
    In April 1585, seven ships with about 600 men under the overall command of Sir Richard Grenville left England. After a storm scattered the fleet and reduced it to five ships, the company regrouped. They arrived at the Outer Banks by June. By August, the colony had come ashore and built a fort following an invitation from the Indians. Grenville’s fleet left at the end of August after being unable to secure a good harbor.
  • Leaving Roanoke

    Leaving Roanoke
    On June 18 or 19, 1586, a fleet led by Sir Francis Drake left Roanoke carrying the first English colonists back home.
  • Going back to Ireland

    Going back to Ireland
    Lane was back in Ireland in 1592 serving as “muster master general” and “clerk of the check of the garrison” and remained in that country for the rest of his life.
  • Physical weakness

    Physical weakness
    By 1601 Lane’s physical weakness had made him unfit as muster master.
  • Death

    Lane died in Dublin, Ireland, in October 1603 and was buried at St. Patrick’s Church on the 28th of that month.