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Gunpowder plotters


14 People in sitter grouping:

Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot. (English Folk Verse, c.1870). To this day the discovery of Guy Fawkes on the 5th November, beneath the House of Lords surrounded by barrels of gunpowder, is commemorated on bonfire night with firework displays and the burning of Guy effigies. The origin of these celebrations stem from the failed Gunpowder plot of 1606, which, led by Robert Catesby, hoped to blow up the House of Lords, with King James VI and the majority of his government inside. The plotters planned to overthrow the government, and in the disarray caused by the explosion, seize power and reinstate Catholicism as the official state religion. The plot had taken about three years to formulate, and would end with the conspirators being executed for treason, as the plot came undone, possibly caused by the misguided recruitment by Catesby of Francis Tresham, who may have written the anonymous letter that uncovered the treasonous activities.

Thomas Bates

Thomas Bates

1567-1606
Gunpowder plot conspirator
Sitter in 7 portraits
Robert Catesby

Robert Catesby

1573-1605
Leader of the Gunpowder plot
Sitter in 8 portraits
Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes

1570-1606
Gunpowder plot conspirator
Sitter in 7 portraits
Thomas Percy

Thomas Percy

1560-1605
Organiser of the 'Gunpowder Plot'
Sitter in 13 portraits
Sir Everard Digby

Sir Everard Digby

1578-1606
Gunpowder plot conspirator
Sitter in 1 portrait
Henry Garnett

Henry Garnett

1555-1606
Jesuit; Gunpowder plot conspirator
Sitter in 9 portraits
John Grant

John Grant

circa 1575-1606
Gunpowder plot conspirator
Sitter in 2 portraits
Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland

Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland

1564-1632
Nobleman; linked to Gunpowder plot
Sitter in 9 portraits
Ambrose Rookwood

Ambrose Rookwood

1578?-1606
Gunpowder plot conspirator
Sitter in 2 portraits
Francis Tresham

Francis Tresham

1567?-1605
Gunpowder plot conspirator
Sitter in 1 portrait
Robert Winter

Robert Winter

1568-1606
Gunpowder plot conspirator
Sitter in 8 portraits
Thomas Winter

Thomas Winter

1572-1606
Conspirator; brother of Robert Winter
Sitter in 7 portraits
Christopher Wright

Christopher Wright

1570?-1605
Gunpowder plot conspirator
Sitter in 9 portraits
John Wright

John Wright

1568?-1605
Gunpowder plot conspirator; brother of Christopher Wright
Sitter in 7 portraits