Basildon is the birthplace (1674) and burial place (1714) of Jethro Tull, the English agricultural pioneer who helped bring about the British Agricultural Revolution.
Five Basildonians are entered in the Dictionary of National Biography. These are Jethro Tull, mentioned above, Sir Francis Sykes, James Morrison who bought the Isle of Islay in 1854 for nearly half a million pounds, and his elder son Charles, and Captain Allen Francis Gardiner, the missionary pioneer, who started the first missionary station at Port Natal, Zululand and co-founded the City of Durban in South Africa.
Other notable Basildonians include:
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