Josiah Keeling(active 1679-1691), Vintner; Conspirator
Sitter in 3 portraits
Keeling was a Baptist who joined the Rye House Plot in the hope that it would bring about an end to the persecution of religious dissenters. He turned informer, ostensibly overcome by the sin of the conspiracy, but also mindful of the rewards that would follow. In the subsequent arrests, many of the plotters turned king's evidence and implicated an increasing number of alleged conspirators. Keeling was granted £500 and a government job but lost his position after the fall of King James II in 1688.