William Howard Stafford, 1st Viscount

(1612—1680) nobleman

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Howard was a younger son of the earl of Arundel and was brought up as a catholic. But he did little to help the royalists during the Civil War, which he spent mainly in Holland in some poverty. In 1678 he was accused by Titus Oates of complicity in the Popish plot, kept in the Tower until 1680, tried in Westminster Hall, and executed. Evelyn, who attended Stafford's trial, commented, ‘I can hardly think a person of his age and experience should engage men, whom he never saw before,’ and his guilt seems very doubtful.

Subjects: British History.

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