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Bye Plot

1603. William Watson, a Roman Catholic secular priest, supported James I's accession, believing that he had promised withdrawal of the recusancy fines. Disillusioned when they continued, he plotted to capture James, in company with another priest, William Clarke, and two dissatisfied Protestants, George Brooke and Lord Grey of Wilton. The Jesuits, anxious to discredit the seculars, revealed the plot to James who gratefully relieved Catholics of payment of fines for a period. Grey died in prison, the others were executed.