Peter Heywood

Peter Heywood

Birth
Death 1640
Burial London, City of London, Greater London, England
Plot unmarked, memorial destroyed in Great Fire of 1666
Memorial ID 17710996 · View Source
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Magistrate, and hero of the Gunpowder Plot. Peter was the younger son of Peter Heywood, one of the counsellors of Jamaica, by Grace, daughter of Sir John Muddeford, Knight and Baronet. The family owned Heywood Hall in Manchester. When the authorities were tipped off about the Gunpowder Plot, Peter - as a magistrate - formed part of a team led by Sir Thomas Knyvet, who lay in wait for the arrival of the conspirators in the cellars of Parliament. When Guy Fawkes appeared, it was Heywood who wrested the burning torch from his hand before the House could be destroyed. Heywood continued persecuting Papists during his career as a Justice Of The Peace, but while trying to persuade a Catholic called John James to swear an oath Of Allegiance at Westminster Hall, was stabbed fatally by James 'for persecuting poor Catholics'. His brother, Robert Heywood, presented a lantern to the Bodleian Library in Oxford in Peter's memory, and his original monument in St Anne's Church, Gresham Street, read: "Reader, if not a Papist bred,
Upon such ashes gently tred."


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  • Created by: Mark McManus
  • Added: 27 Jan 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 17710996
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Heywood (unknown–1640), Find a Grave Memorial no. 17710996, citing St Anne and St Agnes Churchyard, London, City of London, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Mark McManus (contributor 46593855) .