All About Salisbury

For the Community by the Community

Before 1900

  • John of Salisbury (c.1120–1180) author, educationalist, diplomat and bishop of Chartres, born at Salisbury
  • Simon Forman (1552 in Quidhampton, Fugglestone St Peter – 1611) astrologer, occultist and herbalist
  • John Bevis (1695 in Old Sarum – 1771) doctor, electrical researcher and astronomer, discovered the Crab Nebula in 1731
  • James Harris FRS (1709–1780) politician and grammarian, born and educated in Salisbury
  • James Harris, 1st Earl of Malmesbury GCB (1746 in Salisbury – 1820) diplomat, politician and MP
  • Sir John Stoddart (1773 in Salisbury – 1856) writer and lawyer, and editor of The Times
  • Sir George Staunton, 2nd Baronet (1781 at Milford House near Salisbury – 1859) traveller and Orientalist
  • Henry Fawcett PC (1833 in Salisbury – 1884) academic, statesman and economist
  • John Neville Keynes (1852 in Salisbury – 1949) economist and father of John Maynard Keynes
  • Sir James Macklin, DL, JP (1864 in Harnham – 1944) jeweller, farmer and six times Mayor of Salisbury 1913/1919
  • Herbert Ponting FRGS (1870 in Salisbury – 1935) professional photographer, the expedition photographer and cinematographer for Robert Falcon Scott's Terra Nova Expedition
  • Lieutenant James Cromwell Bush MC (1891 in Salisbury – 1917) World War I flying ace
  • Lieutenant Colonel Tom Edwin Adlam VC (1893 in Salisbury – 1975) recipient of the Victoria Cross

Since 1900

  • William Golding (1911–1993) novelist, schoolteacher, taught Philosophy in 1939, and English from 1945 to 1961 at Bishop Wordsworth's School
  • Daphne Pochin Mould (1920 in Salisbury – 2014) photographer, broadcaster, geologist, traveller, pilot and Ireland's first female flight instructor
  • John Rowan (1925 in Old Sarum – 2018 in London) author, one of the pioneers of Humanistic Psychology and Integrative Psychotherapy
  • Iona Brown OBE, (1941 in Salisbury – 2004 in Salisbury) violinist and conductor, from 1968 to 2004 lived in Bowerchalke
  • Ray Teret (born 1941 in Salisbury) radio disc jockey and convicted rapist, sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2014
  • Sir Jeffrey Tate CBE (1943 in Salisbury – 2017) conductor of classical music
  • John Rhys-Davies, (born in 1944 in Salisbury), actor famous for playing Gimli in the Lord of the Rings film series.
  • Anthony Daniels, (born in 1946 in Salisbury), actor famous for playing C-3PO in the Star Wars franchise.
  • Jonathan Meades (born 1947 in Salisbury) writer, food journalist, essayist and film-maker
  • Prof. Martyn Thomas CBE FREng FIET FRSA (born 1948 in Salisbury) software engineer, entrepreneur and academic
  • Richard Digance (born 1949), comedian and folk singer, lives in Salisbury.
  • Kenneth Macdonald, Baron Macdonald of River Glaven QC (born 1953) Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) of England and Wales 2003–2008 and head of the Crown Prosecution Service; attended Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury
  • Carolyn Browne CMG (born 1958) diplomat, Ambassador to Kazakhstan; attended South Wilts Grammar School for Girls
  • Teresa Dent CBE (born 1959) CEO of Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, lives in Salisbury
  • Martin Foyle (born 1963 in Salisbury) professional footballer and manager, played 533 League games, scoring 155 goals
  • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (formed 1964) 1960s pop/rock group, most of whom came from Salisbury or Wiltshire
  • Clare Moody (born 1965)[93] Labour Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for South West England, lives in Salisbury
  • Joseph Fiennes (born 1970 in Salisbury) film and stage actor, educated in the town
  • Max Waller (born 1988 in Salisbury), professional cricketer who plays for Somerset County Cricket Club
  • Henni Zuël (born 1990 in Salisbury) professional golfer, youngest player to join the Ladies European Tour as an amateur
  • Richard Hill MBE (born 23 May 1973) is a former rugby union footballer who played as a flanker for Salisbury, Saracens and England. Attended Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School.
  • Richard Hill (born 4 May 1961) is rugby union coach and former English international rugby footballer. Attended Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School.