William Ireland, John Grove.
31st January 1679
Reference Numbert16790131-1
SentenceDeath > executed; Death > drawn and quartered

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The Impious Actors, and Inhumane contrivers of the late Hellish Plot, have in many circumstances shewn themselves so remarkably unworthy and extreamly disingenuous, that we cannot imagine but every Loyal Subject and good Christian will rejoyce to hear that the impartial hand of Over-ruling Justice hath brought any of them to their long deserved Punishment. And therefore we concluded that the Condemnation , Confession, and Execution , of those two grand Traytors William Ireland , and John Grove , whose crimes were no less than High Treason, and that too aggravated to the very heighth, any respect either for their King, Countrey or Religion; or indeed for themselves, their Estates, lives, wives, or Children; all these were subtly Level'd at in that Hellish contrivance, in which black Tragedy these, Grove and Ireland were to have Acted the most bloody part, for which they were brought to a fair Tryal at the Old Baily, where it was proved by good Evidence that they (with another) were to have Kill'd the King , for which one of them was to have 1500l. and the other thirty thousand Masses, (which he vallu'd at the same Rate) one of them presented a Pistol at him in St. James's Park , but the flint falling out, he was at that time disappointed. In fine they all three received

Sentence of Death, and these two only (the other being suspended) were Drawn in a Sledge to the place of Execution, where they still continued in the same obstinacy and stubbornness as they had done in Prison. Grove said nothing but a few Prayers in private, and so was turn'd off, but Ireland made in part a Confession, for he acknowledged, he had been a Jesuite a long time, and had done all he was able to convert as many as he could to the Popish Religion: this is the summ of what in more words he there delivered. After which both he and the other were hang'd up by the Neck, and cut down whilst some life remaind in them, afterwards their breasts were ript open, their hearts taken out, their bodies quartered , and the same day buried in St. Giles in the Fields.

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