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Colourful identities on the family tree

Another anniversary of England’s gunpowder plot has slipped by.

You’re probably asking: “So what?”

Certainly, a failed attempt to blow up England’s Houses of Parliament more than 400 years ago, seems fairly tame in today’s age of global terrorism.

But, Guy Fawkes Night is rarely allowed to pass in our family without at least a couple of snide remarks.


The reason is that some of those behind the infamous plot of 1605 were ancestors of mine.

In fact, the chief conspirator, Robert Catesby (above) sits quietly on my family tree – one of those we don’t often talk about.

After the plot was discovered, a fleeing Catesby decided to stand and fight the law – and the law won.


He was the son of the former Anne Throckmorton, part of a prominent Warwickshire family and political dynasty from which I can trace direct linage.

Leading Catholic recusants, the Throckmorton family members were wealthy gentry, parliamentarians and members of court whose three-storey stone house, Coughton Court, is located near Alcester, Warwickshire.

The stately house stands in richly timbered countryside close to the forest of Arden.

So, while Sue can trace her roots from rural Dorset to Australia’s first non-convict settlers,  The Rose family of the Bellona, each year I’m reminded that my ancestors include a fair share of ‘colourful identities’.

One day, we’ll visit Coughton Court.

Photo of Coughton Court courtesy of its website, which is a good read.

About Ian Roberts (255 Articles)
Ian Roberts is a veteran Australian journalist, PR man and writer/reviewer on accommodation and travel. Over many decades, Ian has travelled widely reporting and recording his experiences. His newsy columns - including Memorable Destination - have gained a big following among people seeking suggestions and objective information about accommodation, travel and destinations world-wide. Along with wife, Sue and her camera, Ian has taken up a particular challenge to help budget conscious seniors 50 and upward with travel and accommodation ideas - including suggestions for holding family reunions. Readers in Ian's home city of Newcastle Australia may also be aware of his travel and accommodation column in a local newspaper.

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