In 1670 Essex was sent to Denmark on a diplomatic mission and from 1672 to 1677 was lord‐lieutenant of Ireland. Two years later, he was treasurer for six months. He resigned in November 1679, gave strong support to the Exclusion Bill and moved closer to Monmouth. In 1683 Essex was arrested in connection with the Rye House plot but was reported to have cut his throat in the Tower while awaiting trial.
Subjects: British History.