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Robert Catesby (1573-1605), Leader of the Gunpowder plot
Sitter in 8 portraits
Robert Catesby was born in Lapworth, Warwickshire, to a strongly Roman Catholic family. In 1601 he sided with the Earl of Essex in the latter's doomed rebellion. He was wounded, imprisoned and fined £3,000 for his part in this affair. Catesby was the leader of a group of Roman Catholic conspirators (the most famous of whom was Guy Fawkes) who endeavoured to blow up the Houses of Parliament on 5 November 1605. The plot was uncovered, the gunpowder defused, and Catesby was shot three days later.
by Heinrich Ulrich
line engraving, early 17th century
On display at Forty Hall and Estate, Enfield in the exhibition Plots, Intrigue and Murder