William Staley (Stayley)(died 1678), Goldsmith, banker and victim of the Popish Plot
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Staley was a Catholic goldsmith and banker accused of speaking malicious and treasonable words against King Charles II. His accusers were 'loose and vicious gentleman' who offered to drop the charge if Staley paid £200 but he refused. In the heated anti-Catholic atmosphere of 1678, he was found guilty of treason and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. He was the first victim of the Popish Plot.
by William Faithorne
line engraving, circa 1678-1679
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