JAMES VI & I (1566-1625), King of Scotland, England and Ireland. Letter under the privy seal to the Treasurer and Chamberlains of the Exchequer, Westminster, 3 January 1605/06.
JAMES VI & I (1566-1625), King of Scotland, England and Ireland. Letter under the privy seal to the Treasurer and Chamberlains of the Exchequer, Westminster, 3 January 1605/06.

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JAMES VI & I (1566-1625), King of Scotland, England and Ireland. Letter under the privy seal to the Treasurer and Chamberlains of the Exchequer, Westminster, 3 January 1605/06.

In English, on vellum, approx. 142 x 292mm, signature of Francis Mylles as clerk of the privy seal, docket, note of enrolment. Tipped onto guards; with a related note.

'[...] privy to the late horrible conspiracy of destroyinge us our posterity and the whole Parlement with gunpowder [...]'.

On the confiscation of the estates of Sir Everard Digby, one of the Gunpowder Plotters. The King had previously granted to William Wingfield the proceeds of the recusancy fines levied upon Sir Everard Digby, 'which Digby since is founde to be culpable of high treason as privy to the late horrible conspiracy of destroyinge us our posterity and the whole Parlement with gunpowder'. Digby's estate therefore being forfeit to the Crown, the fines promised to Wingfield are to be replaced by a payment of £400 out of the rents of recusants' lands.

Digby was a key patron and financial backer of Robert Catesby, the author of the Gunpowder Plot. He took part in the conspirators' flight northwards after the failure of the plot, and was arrested on the morning of 8 November. The present document is a little premature in declaring his culpability, as his trial was not to take place until 27 January; he pleaded guilty, and was hanged, drawn and quartered at St Paul's Churchyard three days later. He was the father of Sir Kenelm Digby, the courtier and patron of Ben Jonson.

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