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Babington, Anthony, 1561-86, English conspirator. A member of the Roman Catholic gentry, he served as a youth in the household of the earl of Shrewsbury at Sheffield Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. In 1586 he became involved in a plot to murder Queen Elizabeth I, to free Mary, and to make England a Catholic realm. The plot was discovered, Babington was executed, and the evidence against him was also used to convince Elizabeth that it was necessary to behead Mary.

(born October 1561, Dethick, Derbyshire, Eng.—died Sept. 20, 1586, London) English conspirator. Raised secretly as a Catholic, Babington was joined by the priest John Ballard in the unsuccessful “Babington Plot” to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I and install her prisoner, Mary, Queen of Scots, on the English throne. The conspiracy included many Roman Catholics, and Philip II of Spain promised to provide immediate assistance after the assassination. Babington was imprisoned and executed after the interception of an exchange of letters with Mary explaining his plans. The letters were also used as evidence supporting the execution of Mary the following year.

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(born October 1561, Dethick, Derbyshire, Eng.—died Sept. 20, 1586, London) English conspirator. Raised secretly as a Catholic, Babington was joined by the priest John Ballard in the unsuccessful “Babington Plot” to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I and install her prisoner, Mary, Queen of Scots, on the English throne. The conspiracy included many Roman Catholics, and Philip II of Spain promised to provide immediate assistance after the assassination. Babington was imprisoned and executed after the interception of an exchange of letters with Mary explaining his plans. The letters were also used as evidence supporting the execution of Mary the following year.

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Babington may refer to:

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Babington, a small village between Radstock and Frome, Somerset, England

Architecture

Babington House, an example of Georgian architecture in Somerset, England

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