John and Christopher Wright

John and Christopher Wright
Engraving

A contemporary engraving of Christopher

(left) and John Wright, from a larger image

by Crispijn van de Passe

Details
Parents Robert Wright,
Ursula Rudston
Born January 1568 (JW), 1570 (CW)
Yorkshire
Spouse(s) Dorothy (JW), Margaret Ward (CW)[1]
Children Daughter (JW)
Plot
Role Non-specific
Enlisted Early 1604 (JW), Spring 1605 (CW)
Died 8 November 1605 (both)
Holbeche HouseStaffordshire
Cause Shot

 

John (Jack) Wright (January 1568 – 8 November 1605), and Christopher (Kit) Wright (1570? – 8 November 1605), were members of the group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605, a conspiracy to assassinate King James I by blowing up the House of Lords. Their sister married another plotter, Thomas Percy. Educated at the same school in York, the Wrights had early links with Guy Fawkes, the man left in charge of the explosives stored in the undercroft beneath the House of Lords. As known recusants the brothers were on several occasions arrested for reasons of national security. Both were also members of the Earl of Essex‘s rebellion of 1601.

John was one of the first men to join the conspiracy, which was led by Robert Catesby. Christopher joined in March 1605. At about midnight on 4 November Fawkes was discovered and arrested, following which John, Christopher and the rest of the conspirators travelled across the Midlands, attempting to gain support for a popular uprising. Eventually the group opted to wait for the authorities atHolbeche House, on the border of Staffordshire. On 8 November the Sheriff of Worcester arrived with a large group of armed men, and both brothers were killed in the ensuing firefight.

John Wright, the son of Robert Wright, was born in Welbeck, Yorkshire, on 13th January, 1568. Winter’s parents were staunch Roman Catholics and spent 14 years in Hull Prison for religious offences. As a child he attended St. Peters School in York with his brother Christopher Wright and Guy Fawkes.

In 1596 Elizabeth I became ill. As a precautionary measure, a group of leading Roman Catholics, including John Wright, Robert CatesbyChristopher Wright and Francis Tresham, was arrested and sent to the Tower of London.

In 1601 John Wright was involved with Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, in the failed attempt to removeElizabeth I from power. Due to the minor role he played in the rebellion he was not executed and instead spent time in prison.

Christopher Wright, the son of Robert Wright, was born in Welbeck, Yorkshire, in 1570. Winter’s parents were staunch Roman Catholics and spent 14 years in Hull Prison for religious offences. As a child he attended St. Peters School in York with his brother John Wright and Guy Fawkes.

Christopher Wright married Margaret Ward and the couple had a son, John Wright. In 1596 Elizabeth Ibecame ill. As a precautionary measure, a group of leading Roman Catholics, including Christopher Wright,Robert CatesbyJohn Wright and Francis Tresham, was arrested and sent to the Tower of London.

In 1601 John Wright was involved with Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, in the failed attempt to removeElizabeth I from power. Due to the minor role he played in the rebellion he was not executed and instead spent time in prison. Two years later he travelled to Spain with Thomas Wintour in an attempt to persuade Phillip III to provide aid to support a Catholic uprising.

Crispen van de Passe, The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators (c.1606).

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