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Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey

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List of famous people buried in Westminster Abbey, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Celebrities are often buried in the highest caliber cemeteries, mausoleums and tombs, which is why we've created this list of celebrities buried in Westminster Abbey. If you're ever visiting Westminster Abbey and want to check out historic graves, then use this list to pinpoint exactly which burial locations you want to see.

List features people like Laurence Olivier and Isaac Newton.

This list answers the questions "Which famous people are buried in Westminster Abbey?" and "Which celebrities are buried in Westminster Abbey?"

From celebrity tombs at Westminster Abbey to legendary locals, these are the most well-known people whose final resting place is Westminster Abbey. You can find useful information below for these notable people buried in Westminster Abbey, like what year and where the person was born.
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Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 84 (1643-1727)

Birthplace: Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, United Kingdom

Sir Isaac Newton (25 December 1642 – 20 March 1726/27) was an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author (described in his own day as a "natural philosopher") ...more

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Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 73 (1809-1882)

Birthplace: The Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Charles Robert Darwin, (; 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that ...more

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Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 58 (1812-1870)

Birthplace: Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Charles John Huffam Dickens (; 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as ...more

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Robert Blake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Age: 85

Birthplace: Nutley, New Jersey, United States of America

Robert Blake (born Michael James Gubitosi; September 18, 1933) is an American actor. He had starring roles in the film In Cold Blood and the U.S. television series Baretta.Blake began performing ...more

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Rudyard Kipling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 71 (1865-1936)

Birthplace: Mumbai, India

Joseph Rudyard Kipling ( RUD-yərd; 30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He was born in India, which inspired much of his work. ...more

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Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)

Birthplace: Dorking, England

Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, (; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and John Gielgud, ...more

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Samuel Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Samuel Johnson Dec. at 75 (1709-1784)

Birthplace: Lichfield, United Kingdom

Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [OS 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr. Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, ...more

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Henry Purcell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 36 (1659-1695)

Birthplace: Westminster, London, United Kingdom

Henry Purcell () (c. 10 September 1659 – 21 November 1695) was an English composer. Although incorporating Italian and French stylistic elements into his compositions, Purcell's legacy was a ...more

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David Livingstone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 60 (1813-1873)

Birthplace: Blantyre, United Kingdom

David Livingstone was a Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary with the London Missionary Society and an explorer in Africa. His meeting with H. M. Stanley on 10 November 1871 ...more

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Ernest Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 66 (1871-1937)

Birthplace: Brightwater, New Zealand

Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, , HFRSE, LLD (30 August 1871 – 19 October 1937), was a New Zealand physicist who came to be known as the father of nuclear physics. ...more

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George Frideric Handel ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 74 (1685-1759)

Birthplace: Halle, Germany

George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel (; born Georg Friederich Händel [ˈɡeːɔɐ̯k ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈhɛndl̩] (listen); 23 February 1685 (O.S.) [(N.S.) 5 March] – 14 April 1759) was a German, ...more

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Edward V of England is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 13 (1470-1483)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Westminster, United Kingdom, London, England, + more

Edward V (2 November 1470 – c. 1483) succeeded his father, Edward IV, as King of England and Lord of Ireland upon the latter's death on 9 April 1483. He was never crowned, and his brief reign ...more

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Joseph John Thomson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 84 (1856-1940)

Birthplace: Manchester, United Kingdom

Sir Joseph John Thomson (18 December 1856 – 30 August 1940) was an English physicist and Nobel Laureate in Physics, credited with the discovery and identification of the electron, the first ...more

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Geoffrey Chaucer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 57 (1343-1400)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Geoffrey Chaucer (; c. 1343 – 25 October 1400) was an English poet and author. Widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, he is best known for The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer ...more

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Muzio Clementi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 80 (1752-1832)

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Muzio Filippo Vincenzo Francesco Saverio Clementi (23 January 1752 – 10 March 1832) was an Italian-born English composer, pianist, pedagogue, conductor, music publisher, editor, and piano ...more

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Ralph Vaughan Williams ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Ralph Vaughan Williams Dec. at 86 (1872-1958)

Birthplace: Down Ampney, United Kingdom

Ralph Vaughan Williams ( (listen); 12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was an English composer. His works include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral ...more
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Mary I of England is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 42 (1516-1558)

Birthplace: Palace of Placentia, London, United Kingdom

Mary I (18 February 1516 – 17 November 1558), also known as Mary Tudor, was the Queen of England and Ireland from July 1553 until her death. She is best known for her aggressive attempt to ...more

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Robert Adam is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 64 (1728-1792)

Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom

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William Wilberforce is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 74 (1759-1833)

Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom

William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833) was a British politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. A native of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, ...more

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Henry Irving is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 67 (1838-1905)

Birthplace: Keinton Mandeville, United Kingdom

Sir Henry Irving (6 February 1838 – 13 October 1905), born John Henry Brodribb, sometimes known as J. H. Irving, was an English stage actor in the Victorian era, known as an actor-manager ...more

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Robert Browning is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 77 (1812-1889)

Birthplace: Camberwell, London, United Kingdom

Robert Browning (7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of the dramatic monologue made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. His poems are known for ...more

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Clement Attlee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 84 (1883-1967)

Birthplace: London, England

Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee, (3 January 1883 – 8 October 1967), was a British Labour Party politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951. He was the ...more
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Edward I of England is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 68 (1239-1307)

Birthplace: Eurasia, Westminster, United Kingdom, London, England, + more

Edward I (17/18 June 1239 – 7 July 1307), also known as Edward Longshanks and the Hammer of the Scots (Latin: Malleus Scotorum), was King of England from 1272 to 1307. Before his accession to ...more

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John Dryden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 69 (1631-1700)

Birthplace: Aldwincle, United Kingdom

John Dryden (; 19 August [O.S. 9 August] 1631 – 12 May [O.S. 1 May] 1700) was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made England's first Poet Laureate in 1668.He ...more
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Robert Aytoun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Buried in Westminster Abbey
Dec. at 68 (1570-1638)

Birthplace: Scotland

Sir Robert Aytoun or Ayton (1570–1638) was a Scottish poet.