Alfred Russel Wallace is one of the most famous people to ever come out of Usk. He was born in Usk on the 8th of January 1823 and died on the 7th of November 1913. He was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, biologist and illustrator. So in other words he was the David Attenbourgh of his day. Alfred is best known for conceiving the theory of evolution, however his great friend Darwin then quickly wrote an abstract of his own book the “big species book” and published the “On the Origin of Species” in 1859 and therefore took the credit. However... they both died great friends!