The story of the Gunpowder Plot and of those at its very heart, is as much a story of a group of
individuals banded together by blood under a common banner, as it is a contemporary comment on the late
sixteenth and early seventeenth century. It is a story of the willingness of men to lay down their lives
for the principles by which they stood, and the dedication to a cause, the very revelation of which was a
horrific death for them all.
Four hundred years later, their act is perhaps more pertinent now than ever as we all begin to revisit
the tenets of Terrorists versus Freedom Fighters. Despite the angle from which you approach them, these
biographies represent the lives of some extremely interesting and complex people, people bonded by blood,
by religious persuasion, by a common goal. These were not men of little substance, but members of a landed
gentry class, some of whom would perhaps later have been elevated to the peerage. They were not young and
foolish, nor were they seeking their own fame or notoriety.
The common misconception that this was Guy Fawkes' plot is something that has unfortunately become
slowly engrained within us. The image of the sinister, lamp-wielding, hooded figure crouching precariously
amongst barrels of gunpowder, discovered at the very last minute, is certainly a powerful image, and
something that is more provocative and identifiable with the story than is perhaps true.
The biographies within this section represent the lives of those who were confederates of Robert Catesby,
the ringleader, and include not only the thirteen conspirators who were the primary instigators of the plot,
but their allies who also suffered, either death at the hands of the executioner, fines or imprisonment.
In addition to those named above, a great many others were questioned over the uprising. Most were
servents to the plotters, but the list also included those who were known associates, and were thought to
be in league with them.
 Allies and Confederates arrested and questioned over the Gunpowder Plot.