Source 4

Thomas Wintour’s Confession (SP 14/216/114), 23rd of November 1605

Transcript

When I came I found Mr. Catesby reasonable well, Mr. Percy, both the Wrights, Mr. Rokewood and Mr. Grant. I asked them what they resolved to do. They answered “We mean here to die”. I said again I would take such part as they did. About eleven of the clock came the company to beset the house, and as I walked into the court was shot into the shoulder, which lost me the use of my arm. The next shot was the elder Wright struck; after him the younger Mr. Wright, and fourthly Ambrose Rokewood. Then, said Mr. Catesby to me (standing before the door they were to enter), “Stand by, Mr. Tom, and we will die together.” “Sir,” quoth I, “I have lost the use of my right arm and I fear that will cause me to be taken.” So as we stood close together Mr. Catesby, Mr. Percy and myself, they two were shot, and then the company entered upon me.

Simplified transcript

When I came I found Mr. Catesby reasonably well.  Mr Percy, both the Wrights, Mr Rokewood and Mr Grant were also there.  I asked them what they planned to do.  They answered “We mean to die here”.  I said again that I would do the same as them.  At about eleven o’ clock the house was raided by soldiers and as I walked into the courtyard, I was shot in the shoulder, which lost me the use of my arm.  The next shot struck the elder Wright, and after him the younger Mr Wright, then fourthly Ambrose Rokewood.  Mr Catesby then said to me (standing in front of the door they were about to come through) Stand by Mr Tom, and we will die together.”  “Sir,” I said “I have lost the use of my right arm and think that means I will be captured.” So as we stood close together, Mr Catesby and Mr Percy were shot and I was arrested.

Glossary

Quoth : said

Beset : attacked

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4. Soldiers tracked Thomas Percy to Holbeach House in Staffordshire. This is a statement given by Thomas Wintour, another one of the plotters who was there:

  • Who were the plotters present at the house?
  • What happened when the ‘company beset’ (soldiers attacked) the house?