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Sir Everard Digby
Birth: May 16, 1578
Death: Jan. 30, 1606
London
Greater London, England

Gunpowder Plot conspirator. The Gunpowder Plot was hatched by disillusioned Catholics, upset with the new King James who had pledged, but failed, to ease restrictions and punishments for practising Catholics. After assassinating the King by blowing up Parliament during its opening session, the conspirators planned to kidnap the child Princess Elizabeth and install her on the throne as a Catholic Queen. The plot was foiled a few days before it was due to be carried out when authorities received an anonymous letter informing them of the plot. Digby came late to the plot; his primary role was to organize the group who were to capture the Princess Elizabeth. He was nowhere near the parliament end of the arrangement and even after the plot was discovered, knew little enough and was far enough away from the epicenter that he could likely have walked away scot free. However, his devotion to his friend Catesby led him to stay with the cause long after all hope was lost. He was captured on November 8th 1605 near Dudley in Warwickshire, along with his servants whom he had attempted to free; they chose to stay with their master. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London to await the trial of his fellow surviving conspirators. While in the Tower, he wrote several letters to his family which appear to show a genuinely repentant man; while he seems to have been treated somewhat leniently while imprisoned, his remorse could not save him from execution, which was carried out by the traditional method of hanging, drawing and quartering. Although his wife and children are buried at the Digby country home of Gayhurst, Northants, he has no grave; in keeping with custom for executed traitors, his body was placed on public display outside the Tower of London, after which the remains would have been thrown into the Thames River and lost forever. He was the only member of the Gunpowder Plot conspiracy to plead guilty. Before his involvement with Catesby, he was a wealthy and popular man of society, known as a talented horseman and swordsman and a musician of some repute. He was knighted by King James in 1603. Although from a recusant Catholic family, his lack of involvement in politics and his family's quiet practice of their faith had kept him well under the radar and if not for the Gunpowder Plot he would likely have lived and died a respectable but unremarkable member of the lower English nobility. (bio by: Mount Hope NY) 
 
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