Tichborne, Chidiock

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Tichborne, Chidiock (c.1558–86). Tichborne, from Hampshire, was a devout catholic and became involved in the Babington conspiracy to murder Queen Elizabeth and release Mary, queen of Scots, from captivity. He was arrested in August 1586, tried, and executed as a traitor with the full rigour of the law. In the Tower of London, awaiting his death, he wrote an exquisite threnody.

J. A. Cannon