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Charlton, Francis (bap. 1639, d. 1698), politician and conspirator, was baptized on 16 May 1639 at Wellington, Shropshire, the son of Francis Charlton of Apley Castle, Shropshire (d. 1642), and his wife, Mary (d. 1661), the daughter of Osmary Hill. This younger ...

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Percy, Henry, eighth earl of Northumberland (c. 1532–1585), magnate and conspirator, was born at Newburn Manor, Northumberland, the younger son of Sir Thomas Percy (d. 1537), landowner and rebel, of Prudhoe, Northumberland, and his wife, Eleanor (d. 1567), daughter and coheir of ...

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Ruthven, John, third earl of Gowrie (1577/8–1600), magnate and alleged conspirator, was born in 1577 or 1578 in Perth, the second son of William Ruthven, first earl of Gowrie (c. 1543–1584), and his wife, Dorothea Stewart. He succeeded to the earldom in 1588 on the death of his older brother, ...

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Spence [alias Butler], William (1650/51–1699), conspirator and private secretary, was 'born of mean parents' (CSP dom., 1683, 370) at Sandreford in Fife, the son of Margaret Millar, though Spence is an Orcadian name and local tradition has it that his family hailed from the ...