1. Royal Connection - Sir John Davies was born at Lower Chicksgrove Tisbury in 1569. An accomplished lawyer, popular poet, and Attorney General for Ireland 1603-1616, Davies was a favourite of Queen Elizabeth 1. In 1603 he was part of the deputation sent to bring King James V1 of Scotland to London as monarch.
2. Hatch House, an ancient manor situated in West Tisbury, was the seat of the Hyde family in the 16th and 17th centuries. A tablet in the house bears the following inscription: "In this house was born, lived and died Laurence Hyde, whose third son, Edward, was created Earl of Clarendon and Lord Chancellor of England in 1660 and whose daughter married James, Duke of York, afterwards King James 11, and became the mother of Queens Mary and Anne. These two queens of England lived some while here. Also Prince George of Denmark, Consort of Queen Anne, was quartered here the 3rd December 1688 on his way to Sarum to join the King."
3. American Connection - Thomas Mayhew was born in Tisbury in 1593. After completing an apprenticeship to a mercer in Southampton, he set up his own business in the port. In 1631 Thomas accepted a post as agent in Massachusetts for a wealthy London merchant and set sail with his wife and family for America. He became so successful that he eventually secured part of his employer's business and purchased the offshore islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Thomas and his sons helped to establish the towns of Tisbury and Chilmark in New England and famously ministered to the spiritual needs of the Indian population and the early settlers.