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October 1605-1606

3 October 1605

Meeting of Parliament put off to 5 November

14 October 1605

Francis Tresham recruited to the plot

21 October 1605

Sir Everard Digby is drawn into the plot

26 October 1605

Lord Monteagle receives a mysterious letter advising him not to attend the state opening of Parliament. He takes it to the King's minister, Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury

31 October 1605

After a hunting trip in Hertfordshire the King returns to London and is told about the letter the following day

1 and 2 November 1605

Catesby and Winter accuse Tresham, Monteagle's brother-in-law, of being an informer

3 November 1605

The conspirators meet and decide to continue with their plans

4 November 1605

Thomas Percy has dinner with his uncle, the Earl of Northumberland. The Lord Chamberlain, the Earl of Suffolk, inspects the House of Lords and the buildings around it. Acting on Suffolk's report, the King orders a full search under the auspices of Westminster magistrate Sir Thomas Knyvett. Knyvett discovers Fawkes (who gives his name as John Johnson) and the gunpowder and arrests him

5 November 1605

Catholic gentry in the Midlands gather to hunt as arranged by Catesby. The conspirators leave London and disperse; Catesby arrives at the rendezvous in the Midlands and explains what has happened. Parliament meets briefly and the plot's discovery is recorded in the journal of the House of Commons

7 November 1605

Proclamation declaring the rebels as traitors. The conspirators arrive at Holbeach House in Staffordshire. At The Tower of London Fawkes makes the first in a series of confessions

8 November 1605

Local militia attack Holbeach House. Catesby, Percy and the Wright brothers are killed; the others are captured

9 November 1605

Opening of Parliament. The King's speech describes the plot

23 December 1605

Francis Tresham dies of natural causes in the Tower of London

15 January 1606

Proclamation issued for the arrest of a number of Catholic priests who are implicated in the plot, including Henry Garnett and Oswald Tesimond

21 January 1606

Parliament reassembles

27 January 1606

Digby, Grant, Fawkes, Keyes, Rookwood, Robert and Thomas Winter tried before a special commission in Westminster Hall. Henry Garnett is captured at Hindlip House in Worcestershire

30 January 1606

Digby, Robert Winter, Grant and Bates executed in St Paul's Churchyard

31 January 1606

Fawkes, Rookwood, Thomas Winter and Keyes executed in Old Palace Yard, Westminster

28 March 1606

Garnett is tried at the Guildhall, London by a special commission, prosecuted by Attorney General, Sir Edward Coke. He is found guilty and is executed on 3 May

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