Notable People of Penryn
- Walter Branscombe (1220 - 1280) The Bishop of Exeter who founded Glasney Collegiate Church.
- Sir Humphrey Arundell (1513 - 1550) Owner of the Penryn manor and the leader of the Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549. He acted as a general for the rebel army. He was executed for treason.
- Sir John Killigrew (-1584) Owner of the manor of Arwenack in the parish of Budock and twice member of parliament for Penryn. He engaged in piracy and traded with pirates and smugglers. He paid large bribes to officials to engage in his illicit activities.
- Peter Mundy (1600-1667)Traveller and writer. He travelled to Constantinople, India, China, and Japan.
- Samuel Enys (1611-1697)Member of parliament for Penryn. One of the most successful merchants in Penryn and Falmouth.
- Thomas Pellow (1704 -) Penryn resident who spent 23 years in captivity in the Barbary states as a military slave.
- William Johnson Temple (1739-1796) Vicar of St. Gluvias.
- Charles Lemon (1784-1868) Member of parliament for Penryn.
- John Tucker Williams (1789 - 1854) Naval officer and political figure in Canada. A member of the Williams family of Caerhays and Burncoose.