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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.
  • Isaac Newton1

    Isaac Newton

    Dec. at 84 (1643-1727)

    BirthplaceWoolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, United Kingdom

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  • Charles Darwin2

    Charles Darwin

    Dec. at 73 (1809-1882)

    BirthplaceThe Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

    Charles Robert Darwin, (; 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist,...  more

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  • Charles Dickens3

    Charles Dickens

    Dec. at 58 (1812-1870)

    BirthplacePortsmouth, United Kingdom

    Charles John Huffam Dickens (; 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social...  more

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  • Rudyard Kipling4

    Rudyard Kipling

    Dec. at 71 (1865-1936)

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    Joseph Rudyard Kipling ( RUD-yərd; 30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was an English...  more

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  • Laurence Olivier5

    Laurence Olivier

    Dec. at 82 (1907-1989)

    BirthplaceEngland, Dorking

    Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, (; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and...  more

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  • Samuel Johnson6

    Samuel Johnson

    Dec. at 75 (1709-1784)

    BirthplaceLichfield, United Kingdom

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  • Henry Purcell7

    Henry Purcell

    Dec. at 36 (1659-1695)

    BirthplaceWestminster, London, United Kingdom

    Henry Purcell () (c. 10 September 1659 – 21 November 1695) was an English composer. Although...  more

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  • David Livingstone8

    David Livingstone

    Dec. at 60 (1813-1873)

    BirthplaceBlantyre, United Kingdom

    David Livingstone was a Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary with the London...  more
  • Ernest Rutherford9

    Ernest Rutherford

    Dec. at 66 (1871-1937)

    BirthplaceBrightwater, New Zealand

    Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, , HFRSE, LLD (30 August 1871 – 19 October...  more
  • George Frideric Handel10

    George Frideric Handel

    Dec. at 74 (1685-1759)

    BirthplaceHalle, Germany

    George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel (; born Georg Friederich Händel [ˈɡeːɔɐ̯k ˈfʁiːdʁɪç...  more

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  • Edward V of England11

    Edward V of England

    Dec. at 13 (1470-1483)

    BirthplaceWestminster, London, United Kingdom

    Edward V (2 November 1470 – c. 1483) succeeded his father, Edward IV, as King of England and...  more

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  • Joseph John Thomson12

    Joseph John Thomson

    Dec. at 84 (1856-1940)

    BirthplaceManchester, United Kingdom

    Sir Joseph John Thomson (18 December 1856 – 30 August 1940) was an English physicist and...  more
  • Geoffrey Chaucer13

    Geoffrey Chaucer

    Dec. at 57 (1343-1400)

    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England

    Geoffrey Chaucer (; c. 1343 – 25 October 1400) was an English poet and author. Widely...  more

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  • Muzio Clementi14

    Muzio Clementi

    Dec. at 80 (1752-1832)

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Muzio Filippo Vincenzo Francesco Saverio Clementi (23 January 1752 – 10 March 1832) was an...  more
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams15

    Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Dec. at 86 (1872-1958)

    BirthplaceDown Ampney, United Kingdom

    Ralph Vaughan Williams ( (listen); 12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was an English composer....  more
  • Mary I of England16

    Mary I of England

    Dec. at 42 (1516-1558)

    BirthplacePalace of Placentia, London, United Kingdom

    Mary I (18 February 1516 – 17 November 1558), also known as Mary Tudor, was the Queen of...  more

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  • Robert Adam17

    Robert Adam

    Dec. at 64 (1728-1792)

    BirthplaceKirkcaldy, United Kingdom

    Robert Adam FRSE FRS FSA FSA FRSA was a Scottish neoclassical architect, interior designer and...  more
  • William Wilberforce18

    William Wilberforce

    Dec. at 74 (1759-1833)

    BirthplaceKingston upon Hull, United Kingdom

    William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833) was a British politician, philanthropist,...  more

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  • Henry Irving19

    Henry Irving

    Dec. at 67 (1838-1905)

    BirthplaceKeinton Mandeville, United Kingdom

    Sir Henry Irving (6 February 1838 – 13 October 1905), born John Henry Brodribb, sometimes...  more

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  • Robert Browning20

    Robert Browning

    Dec. at 77 (1812-1889)

    BirthplaceCamberwell, London, United Kingdom

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  • Clement Attlee21

    Clement Attlee

    Dec. at 84 (1883-1967)

    BirthplaceLondon, England

    Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee, (3 January 1883 – 8 October 1967), was a British...  more
  • Edward I of England22

    Edward I of England

    Dec. at 68 (1239-1307)

    BirthplaceWestminster, London, United Kingdom

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  • John Dryden23

    John Dryden

    Dec. at 69 (1631-1700)

    BirthplaceAldwincle, United Kingdom

    John Dryden (; 19 August [O.S. 9 August] 1631 – 12 May [O.S. 1 May] 1700) was an English...  more
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    Robert Aytoun

    Dec. at 68 (1570-1638)

    BirthplaceEurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland

    Sir Robert Aytoun or Ayton (1570–1638) was a Scottish poet....  more
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan25

    Richard Brinsley Sheridan

    Dec. at 65 (1751-1816)

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan (30 October 1751 – 7 July 1816) was an Irish satirist, a...  more