(1573–1605), English recusant and conspirator. In 1601 he suffered a heavy fine for his part in the conspiracy of the Earl of Essex, and allied himself with the extreme RC party, who would make no compromise with the state. He was the original mover of the Gunpowder Plot, which he first devised in the winter of 1603–4, and with which he persevered even after he knew that it had been betrayed. After the failure of the plot he took refuge at Holbeche, near Dudley, in West Midlands, where he was killed on 8 Nov. 1605 while resisting arrest.
From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.