- David R. Ransome
Percy, George (04 September 1580–1632), author and colonial governor, was born in England, the son of Henry Percy, eighth earl of Northumberland, and Catherine Neville, daughter and coheiress of John Neville, Lord Latimer. Percy was perhaps epileptic, possibly asthmatic, but certainly sickly. Nevertheless, after a traditional gentleman’s education at Oxford, where he was admitted to Gloucester Hall in January 1594, and the Middle Temple, where he matriculated in May 1597, his future lay in warfare abroad rather than in estate management and the law at home. He gained his first experience in the Dutch wars about 1600 and was in Ireland thereafter. In December 1606 he sailed for Virginia. Various reasons have been suggested for his joining the first attempt to colonize the Chesapeake: boredom, the influence of Sir Walter Ralegh, the reminiscences of ...