The Gilbert family has owned Compton Castle since the 14th century and an early ancestor, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, was a colonizer of Newfoundland and a half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh....it has been said that when Raleigh visited Gilbert at Compton Castle, Raleigh smoked the first pipe of tobbaco in Britain. It should also be added that Sir Humphrey Gilbert was...
Thank you for such a comprehensive review of your visit to Compton Castle - it's clear to see that you had a fantastic time, made all the better by your conversation with Geoffry Gilbert. He is fascinating, and it's always a treat to hear his stories! I'll pass your lovely comments on to him.