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Baillie [Bailly], Charles (c. 1541–1625), conspirator and informer, was probably born in the Low Countries of Scottish descent. He was a good linguist, and from about 1564 found employment in the household of Mary, queen of Scots. By 1571 he was in the service of ...

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Barclay, Sir George (c. 1636–1710), army officer and Jacobite conspirator, was probably born in Kincardineshire, the son of Andrew Barclay of 'Sheels', who was of an unrecorded cadet branch of the Barclay family of Johnston, Kincardineshire, and was perhaps Andrew, a younger son of ...

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Bernardi, John (1657–1736), army officer and Jacobite conspirator, was born at Evesham, Worcestershire, the son of Francis Bernardi (b. c.1627), a Genoese nobleman and agent at the court of Charles II, naturalized in 1675, and grandson of the Genoese diplomat Count Philip de Bernardi...

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Blount, Sir Christopher (1555/6–1601), soldier and conspirator, was the second son of Thomas Blount (b. before 1523, d. 1568) of Kidderminster, Worcestershire. Blount's early life was profoundly shaped by two key influences: devout Catholicism (especially on the part of his mother, Margery, ...

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Danvers, Sir Charles (c. 1568–1601), soldier and conspirator, was the eldest son of Sir John Danvers (1540–1594) of Dauntsey, Wiltshire, and thus heir to extensive estates in Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, and Yorkshire. Through his mother, Elizabeth (1545×50–1630), youngest daughter and coheir of John Neville, ...

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Simon Fraser, eleventh Lord Lovat (1667/88–1747) by William Hogarth, pubd 1746 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fraser, Simon, eleventh Lord Lovat (1667/8–1747), Jacobite conspirator, army officer, and outlaw, was the second but first surviving son of Thomas Fraser (1631–1699), sometimes styled 'of Beaufort' (the third son of Hugh Fraser, seventh Lord Lovat), and Sybilla Macleod (d...

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Lowick, Robert (1655–1696), army officer and Jacobite conspirator, was a Yorkshireman, born at Stokesley in the North Riding, into its small Catholic community, on 12 March 1655, son of Robert Lowick (b. 1624, d. after 1690) and, almost certainly, Mary Lowick (...

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Markham, Sir Griffin (b. c. 1565, d. in or after 1644), army officer and conspirator, was the eldest son of Thomas Markham (1530–1607) of Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, and his wife, Mary Griffin (1540–c.1633), only daughter and heir of Ryce Griffin of Braybrooke...

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North, William, sixth Baron North, second Baron Grey of Rolleston, and Jacobite Earl North (1678–1734), army officer and Jacobite conspirator, was born at Caldecote, Cambridgeshire, on 22 December 1678. He was the eldest son of Charles, fifth Baron North (d. 1690), and ...

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Parker, John [known as Colonel Parker] (b. c. 1651, d. in or after 1719), army officer and Jacobite conspirator, was born in London, the youngest son of perhaps ten children of William Parker (1610–1678), physician, and Judith (b. 1619, d. after 1678)...

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Parry, William (d. 1585), spy and conspirator, was the son of Harry ap David or Bethels (d. c.1566), guard in the royal household, of Northop, Flintshire, and his wife, Margaret. According to Parry, his mother was a Conway of Bodrythan, according to his enemies 'the reputed daughter of a priest' (...

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Porter, George [known as Captain Porter] (c. 1659–1728), Jacobite conspirator and informer, was probably born in London, the only son of the dramatist Thomas Porter (1636–1680) by his second, legal, marriage to his first wife Anne Blount (c.1637–1659). His paternal grandfather was the courtier ...

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Prendergast [Pendergrass], Sir Thomas, first baronet (c. 1660–1709), army officer and Jacobite conspirator, was the third son of Thomas Prendergast (1614?–1725) and his wife, Eleanor (d. in or before 1705), daughter of David Condon. He was possibly born at Croane, co. Tipperary...