It has been said that after Titus Oates had left his deposition with Godfrey that Godfrey warned one of ... Prance later recanted his confession before the king and the council and was thrown back to prison: he was threatened with torture, and nearly froze to death. Titus Oates brought charges against Adam Elliott that were disproved, with Oates being fined £20 in a retaliatory case brought by Elliott. He was an adept in all the arts of arrogance and bluster, but though voluble of speech, he spoke with a strange, broad accent and a nasal drawl. On 28 September, Oates made 43 allegations against various members of Catholic religious orders — including 541 Jesuits — and numerous Catholic nobles. Blencowe, 1843; Thomas Brown's Collected Works, 1720; Crowne's Works, 1873, vol. In 1688 it was plausibly rumoured that Oates was dead. 2006. In 1681, Oates was told to leave his apartments in Whitehall. Titus Oates. ix. Oates s Plot Oates s Plot On 28 Sept. he was summoned before the privy council, and repeated his story to them, with many embellishments and with extraordinary volubility and assurance. Judge Godfrey left his house on 12.10.1678, was last seen alive in St. Martins Lane and his body was found on 17.10.1678 in a ditch at the foot of Primrose Hill, strangled and run through with his own sword. Comm. of the Baptists; Hearne's Collectanea, ed. ], Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, https://en.wikisource.org/w/index.php?title=Dictionary_of_National_Biography,_1885-1900/Oates,_Titus&oldid=10773810, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. This page was last edited on 30 December 2020, at 13:57. In April 1679 was published, by order of the House of Lords, his ‘True Narrative of the Horrid Plot and Conspiracy of the Popish Party against the Life of his Sacred Majesty, the Government, and the Protestant Religion, with a list of such Noblemen, Gentlemen, and others, as were the Conspirators; and the Head Officers, both civil and military, that were to effect it,’ London, fol. Doble; Challoner's Memoirs of Missionary Priests; Foley's Records of Soc. ; Sidney's Diary, ed. The commons regarded this in the light of an outrage, and the two houses were on the verge of a serious quarrel when the prorogation of 20 Aug. 1689 set Oates at liberty. [1] Oates alleged that there existed an extensive Catholic conspiracy to assassinate Charles II, accusations that led to the execution of at least 15 men and precipitated the Exclusion Bill Crisis. of Jesus; Lemon's Cat. An advantageous marriage became his next object, and on 18 Aug. 1693 Oates was married to a widow named Margaret Wells, a Muggletonian, with a jointure of 2,000l. to pay his debts, and 300l. Nevertheless, Lord Castlemaine, who was brought to trial in June 1680, was acquitted. to shoot the king with silver bullets. He remained undeterred, so he was arrested for sedition, sentenced to a fine of £100,000 and thrown into prison. ‘People's passions,’ wrote Roger North, ‘would not allow them to attend to any reason or deliberation on the matter’ (Examen, 1740, p. 177; Stephens, Cat. It occupies sixty-eight pages, but Oates calls it his short narrative or ‘minutes’ of the plot pending his ‘journal,’ in which the whole hellish mystery was to be laid open. His testimony remaining invalid in a court of law, Oates had to reconcile himself henceforth to a private career; but from the eager patronage that he extended in 1691 to William Fuller [q. v.] the impostor, who boarded for a time with Oates and his friend, John Tutchin, in Axe Yard, Westminster, it is evident that he was still interested in the fabrication of plots. Soc. The priest changed his residence daily but he was betrayed by a servant at one of the houses and, on 7th May 1679, he was arrested. He asked the College of Arms to check his lineage and produce a coat of arms for him and subsequently received the arms of a family that had died out. of Salamanca; but this assumption had no foundation in fact, and was justly ridiculed by Dryden, Tom Brown, Sir Roger L'Estrange, and others. Titus Oates and his "Popish Plot" (summer repeat) In a programme first broadcast in May 2016, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Titus Oates (1649-1705) who, with Israel Tonge, spread rumours of a Catholic plot to assassinate Charles II. About the same time Simpson, son of Israel Tonge, was committed to Newgate for endeavouring to defame Oates, a crime to which he said he had been incited by Sir Roger L'Estrange (Hist. of the Baptists, 1738, iii. The ‘Black Bastard,’ as they called the king, was a condemned heretic, and was to be put to death. As a result of his unfounded accusations, a number of innocent people were executed. Titus Oates tells Charles II of the Popish Plot from a playing card designed by the English … According to Oates's own testimony when appealing for the payment of the arrears of his pension in 1697, his aged mother, whose name is unknown, was living in that year. The popish plot was a strange event in the history of England when Titus Oates conspired against the ruler. of King Killers, 1719; Evelyn's Diary; Reresby's Memoirs, ed. Oates's hopes revived as the protestant current gathered strength under the auspices of the Prince of Orange. Three schemes were represented as actually on foot. MS. 5860, f. 288). Mingling with … After nearly three years and the execution of at least 15 innocent men, opinion began to turn against Oates. The English Reformation started in 1533 when King Henry VIII decided to separate from his wife Catherine of Aragon because he wanted to marry Anne Boleyn. Scroggs, in summing up, treated the jury to a violent harangue against papists, and the three men were executed on 3 Feb. 1679. 95.). Oates subsequently exploited this incident to launch a public campaign against the "Papists" and alleged that the murder of Godfrey had been the work of the Jesuits. In a Letter to Himself. (three editions), 1696, 4to; part ii., 1697; part iii., 1697; part iv., 1697. Titus Oates. In 1667 he was entered as a sizar at ... and he was finally sent to prison at Dover to await trial. With the others, Fr Harcourt came to trial … Oates was to pay a heavy fine, to be stripped of his canonical habits, to stand in the pillory annually at certain specified places and times, to be whipped upon Wednesday, 20 May, from Aldgate to Newgate, and upon Friday, 22 May, from Newgate to Tyburn, and to be committed close prisoner for the rest of his life (Cobbett, State Trials, x. The King personally interrogated Oates, caught him out in a number of inaccuracies and lies, and ordered his arrest. for a manuscript of the Alexandrian version of the Septuagint which he said he gave to the jesuits at St. Omer (L'Estrange, Brief History, p. 130; cf. Oates still further raised himself in the estimation of the house by some damaging statements concerning Danby, and another resolution was passed expressing their confidence in the plot and its discoverer. The acquittal was a severe blow to Oates and to the prosperity of his plot. That was about to change, as Titus was soon to befoul the very air of London with a sinister pack of lies that would lead to harsh persecution of Catholics and spring him to immediate fame – plus permanently blacken his soul – well, whatever part of it that wasn’t already tarnished. The King's Privy Council questioned Oates. Oates lent Fuller money ​on the security of a Jacobite plot, which the latter was prepared to divulge; but this fair prospect was ruined, in Oates's estimation, by Fuller's cowardly scruples (The whole Life of William Fuller, 1703, p. 623). Executions of Catholic priests were being carried out in various parts of England and Wales. ; Calamy's Account, 1829; Dryden's Works; Crosby's Hist. Four Irish ruffians had been hired by Dr. Fogarty to stab the king at Windsor; and, thirdly, two jesuits, named Grove and Pickering, were to be paid 1,500l. It was the invention of Titus Oates, the son of an Anabaptist chaplain in the New Model Army of Oliver Cromwell. Charles was unimpressed, but handed the matter over to one of his ministers, Thomas Osborne, Earl of Danby; Danby was more willing to listen and was introduced to Oates by Tonge. 632 sq.). The Popish Plot was a fictitious conspiracy invented by Titus Oates that between 1678 and 1681 gripped the Kingdoms of England and Scotland in anti-Catholic hysteria. The books produced little effect; a more potent stimulus to public opinion was needed. MSS. 417). The Road to Newgate has rectified that. In August 1678, King Charles was warned of this alleged plot against his life by the chemist Christopher Kirkby, and later by Tonge. 1680: William Howard, Viscount Stafford. Lord-keeper North once heard Oates preach at St. Dunstan's, and much admired his theatrical behaviour in the pulpit. Titus Oates reportedly could only be described as ugly. His fondness for foul language was such that in the presence of superiors he is said to have missed no opportunity of narrating the blasphemies of others (North, Examen; Calamy, Life, i. Thomas Whitbread took a much firmer line with Oates than had Strange and, in June 1678, expelled him from St Omer.[5]:58. for 1849 have proved of special value. Comm. The night following his examination by the council he spent in going about London making arrests, followed by pursuivants bearing torches. Oates was expelled from practically every school he ever attended. In 1649 he appears to have been chaplain to Colonel Pride's regiment, but he was expelled from that post by Monck in 1654 for stirring up sedition in the army. [6], He is described by John Dryden in Absalom and Achitophel thus—[2]:7. At the council-board the only sceptic was the king, who detected the informer in several glaring misstatements (ib. for February 1889, and of a longer essay by the present writer in Lives of Twelve Bad Men, ed. This had all been settled, according to Oates, at a ‘general consult’ held by the jesuits on 24 April 1678, at the White Horse tavern in Fleet Street; and he stated that he had received a patent from the general of the order to be of the ‘consult.’ It was true that the usual triennial congregation of the society of Jesus was held in London on that day, but it was not held at the White Horse tavern; and it was quite impossible that Oates, not being a member of the order, could have been admitted to it (Reresby, Memoirs, 1875, p. 325; Concerning the Congregation of Jesuits … which Mr. Oates calls a Consult, 1679, 4to; cf. Although Oates may have selected the names randomly, or with the help of the Earl of Danby, Colman was found to have corresponded with a French Jesuit who was confessor to Louis XIV, which was enough to condemn him. Judge Godfrey left his house on 12.10.1678, was last seen alive in St. Martins Lane and his body was found on 17.10.1678 in a ditch at the foot of Primrose Hill, strangled and run through with his own sword. From 1678, they went to great lengths to support their sche... – Listen to Titus Oates and his 'Popish Plot' by In Our Time: Religion instantly on your tablet, phone or browser - no downloads needed. When James II became the king in 1685, he had Oates tried on two charges of perjury. The result of his inflammatory disclosures, however, fully justified Oates's calculations. Shortly afterwards the king, at the request of the lower house, granted the perjurer a pension of 5l. According to Chambers Book of Days: 173; Brown, The Salamanca Wedding). [1] In 1675 he was appointed as a chaplain of the ship Adventurer in the Royal Navy. Kirkby was backed up by a paper giving details, which was prepared by Oates, and was submitted to Danby by Tonge (Eachard). for expenses incurred in bringing the truth to light, and the amount was paid over and above his weekly salary. Oates explained that he had pretended to become a Catholic to learn about the secrets of the Jesuits and that, before leaving, he had heard about a planned Jesuit meeting in London. He returned to Tonge, who was then lodging in the house of one Lambert, a bell-founder in Vauxhall, and the pair managed to involve in their schemes one Christopher Kirkby, a Lancashire gentleman, whose interest in chemistry had introduced him to the notice of Charles II. [4] He later claimed, falsely, that he had become a Catholic Doctor of Divinity. Oates was next assigned lodgings in Whitehall, with a guard for his better security, and a monthly salary of 40l. After his scourgings his troubles were by no means at an end. Strange arranged for Oates to study with the Jesuits at Valladolid in Spain under the pseudonym Titus Ambrosius, but this ended in much the same way as his earlier studies. Archiep. Now Dupuis had a good Latin pen, and when they searched him they found an almanac in his pocket which set down every day that year what pranks the king had played—that such a night he was drunk, how he had this or that woman, and what discourse he had against religion’ (Account of Patrick's Life, 1839, p. 96). MSS. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and St John's College, Cambridge, and became an Anglican priest but was dismissed due to drunken blasphemy and allegations of sodomy. 11th Rep. App. His wife's money proved inadequate to the needs of Oates, who had contracted extravagant tastes and habitually lived beyond his income. (Luttrell, Brief Historical Relation, iii. Thus Symon Patrick relates how, in the early days of the plot, a certain Father Dupuis was brought before Oates, who looked earnestly upon him and said: ‘This is Father du Puis, who was to write the king's life after they killed him. Having broken jail and escaped to London, unpursued, he succeeded in obtaining an appointment as chaplain on board a king's ship sailing for Tangier, but within a year he was expelled from the navy. A Portuguese Jew, Francisco de Feria, swore that a proposal to murder Oates, Bedloe, and Shaftesbury had been made to him by the Portuguese ambassador, Gaspar de Abreu de Frittas. The very next day after his execution, the bubble of conspiracy burst. Oates pretended to have discovered a so-called “Popish Plot” now commonly known as “Oates’s Plot” or “The Titus Oates Plot”. Sure signs he neither choleric was nor proud: When he named "at a glance" the alleged authors of five letters supposedly written by leading Jesuits the Council were "amazed". A very similar portrait is that engraved by R. Tompson after Thomas Hawker. Cantuar. Titus Oates was born in Oakham.His father, Samuel, was the director of Marsham in Norfolk [1] before becoming an Anabaptist during the Puritan Revolution [2] and rejoining the Church of England at the Restoration. However, the charge was shown to be false and Oates himself was soon facing charges of perjury, but he escaped jail fled to London. From 1678, they went to great lengths to support their scheme, forging evidence and … Oates pretended to have discovered a so-called “Popish Plot” now commonly known as “Oates’s Plot” or “The Titus Oates Plot”. Oates proved an instrument absolutely devoid of scruples. There, within a few months of his arrival, he was a party to a very disgraceful charge, trumped up by himself and his father, against a certain William Parker, a local schoolmaster. He had short bandy legs and long arms. Commission, and certain collectanea in the sixth series of Notes and Queries, and in the Gent. Titus Oates and his "Popish Plot" (summer repeat) Titus Oates and his "Popish Plot" (summer repeat) In a programme first broadcast in May 2016, Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Titus Oates (1649-1705) who, with Israel Tonge, spread rumours of a Catholic plot to assassinate Charles II. At a dinner given by Alderman Wilcox in the city in the summer of 1680 much scandal had been caused by Oates and Tonge openly disputing their respective claims to the proprietorship of the plot, and their whig friends had some difficulty in explaining away the revelations that resulted. xiv. Titus Oates (15 September 1649 – 12/13 July 1705), also called Titus the Liar, was an English perjurer who fabricated the "Popish Plot", a supposed Catholic conspiracy to kill King Charles II. Just over the border, in Hereford, eighty year old Fr John Kemble, another secular priest, met his fate on … [1] With the help of the actor Matthew Medburne[Note 1] he joined the household of the Catholic Henry Howard, 7th Duke of Norfolk as an Anglican chaplain to those members of Howard's household who were protestants. The Jesuits were supposedly to carry out the task. During the time he lived, the people of Restoration England would… 692). There are some incriminating examples in the trial transcript that, ... Titus Oates and his tall tales of a Popish Plot to assassinate King Charles II came along at the end of that run. In August 1681 he charged with libel a former scholar and usher of Merchant Taylors', Isaac Backhouse, master of Wolverhampton grammar school, on the ground that Backhouse had called after him in St. James's Park, ‘There goes Oates, that perjured rogue,’ but the action was allowed to fall to the ground (Clode, Titus Oates and Merchant Taylors'). He was also a friend of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey, a judge before whom Titus Oates swore his "Narrative". From 1678, they went to great lengths to support their sche... – Listen to Titus Oates and his 'Popish Plot' by In Our Time: Religion instantly on your tablet, phone or browser - no downloads needed. He was expelled two years later and went to a school at Sedlescombe, near Hastings, whence he passed to Cambridge in 1667, being entered as a sizar in Gonville and Caius College, whence he afterwards migrated to St. John's. The Blessed Oliver Plunket's martyrdom closed the long series of deaths for the faith, at Tyburn. 1321), ‘the more conveniently to discourse with the doctor about their common purpose.’ In 1677, under Tonge's directions, Oates began ‘The Cabinet of Jesuits Secrets opened,’ a somewhat colourless account of the supposed methods adopted by the order for obtaining legacies, said to be translated from the Italian; it was issued, ‘completed by a person of quality,’ in 1679. Bagford Ballads, ii. to any one who should discover and apprehend a Romish priest or jesuit (Hist. William Scroggs, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, began to declare more people innocent, as he had done in the Wakeman trial, and a backlash against Oates and his Whig supporters took place. [4] Oddly, at the same time he agreed to co-author a series of anti-Catholic pamphlets with Israel Tonge, whom he had met through his father Samuel, who had once more reverted to the Baptist doctrine. 12th Rep. App. With the others, Fr Harcourt came to trial on 13th June. [3] Oates was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and St John's College, Cambridge. In 1666 he received a living in the church, that of All Saints, Hastings, but he was expelled for improper practices in 1674. In June his old evidence was repeated against Whitbread, Harcourt, Fenwick, Gawen, and Turner, and the respectable Roman catholic lawyer, Richard Langhorne [q. v.], all of whom were executed. Soon after the landing of William of Orange he emerged from prison, and was received by the new king early in 1689. On 6 September 1678, Oates and Tonge had approached an Anglican magistrate, Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey and had sworn an affidavit before him detailing their accusations. Early in 1697 he wrote a piteous appeal to the king for the payment of his debts and the restitution of his pension, mentioning that he had no clothes worthy to appear before his majesty in person. Early in November a scoundrel named William Bedloe [q. v.] came forward to corroborate Oates's depositions. When, towards the close of 1678, the murder of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey [q. v.], following upon the revelations of Titus Oates [q. v.], greatly alarmed the people of London, Prance, whose trade and creed alike rendered him peculiarly liable to suspicion, was on 21 Dec. arrested upon the information of a lodger in his house, named John Wren. Convinced that a jesuit plot was in progress, Tonge's object was to ‘make the people jealous of popery.’ That once effected, he convinced Oates that their fortunes would be made. OATES, TITUS (1649–1705), perjurer, the son of Samuel Oates (1610–1683), rector of Marsham in Norfolk, was born at Oakham in 1649. ii. Comm. … Proposed and offered to the consideration of all sober Protestants,’ London, 1679, fol. There were two indictments: first, that Oates had falsely sworn to a consult of jesuits held at the White Horse tavern on 24 April 1678, at which the king's death was decided upon; secondly, that he had falsely sworn that William Ireland was in London between 8 and 12 Aug. in the same year. Mag. Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey (23 December 1621 – 12 October 1678) was an English magistrate whose mysterious death caused anti-Catholic uproar in England. In the ensuing anti-Catholic spasm, Kemble was one of the unlucky ones rousted. ‘Three servants were at his beck and call, and every morning two or three gentlemen waited upon him to dress him, and contended for the honour of holding the basin for him to wash’ (Sitwell, The First Whig, p. 44). Abraham de la Pryme, Diary, Surtees Soc. per annum, to date from Lady day 1698, during his own and his wife's lifetime, out of the post-office revenues (Cal. The event provoked some lively pasquinades, one by Thomas Brown being the cause of the satirist's commitment to prison by order of the council (ib. Oates spent the next three years in prison. Titus (/ ˈ t aɪ t ə s / TY-təs; Titus Caesar Vespasianus; 30 December 39 – 13 September 81 AD) was Roman emperor from 79 to 81. Oates enlisted the aid of "Captain" William Bedloe, who was ready to say anything for money. ‘He walked about with his guards,’ says Roger North (Examen), ‘assigned for fear of the Papists murdering him. 12s. A panic followed, and the proscription of the priests and other Roman catholics against whom Oates had testified was loudly demanded by the public. To the majority, any inconsistencies in Oates's tale seemed more than counterbalanced by the mass of circumstantial, and often quite irrelevant, detail which he had woven with no little ingenuity into his narrative. [1] Oates alleged that there existed an extens Religion was a central part of everyone's lives in the 17th century and people were brought up to believe that there was a true religion and … This article is about Titus Oates the perjurer. Nevertheless, after some failures, Oates contrived to ‘slip into orders’ in the established church, being instituted to the vicarage of Bobbing in Kent on 7 March 1673, on the presentation of George Moore (Reg. Oates also stated at a later date that he had been sent to Madrid as jesuit emissary, to treat with the general of the order, Paulus de Oliva, concerning the conspiracy against England; but in 1679 the muleteer who conducted Oates to and from Valladolid was found, and his testimony conclusively proved that Oates could not have visited either Salamanca or Madrid (Hist. ‘The doctor,’ as he was still styled by advanced whigs, retained a certain influence, and on 15 July 1698 the treasury granted him 500l. Early life. Titus Oates and his fellow perjurers must have been smugly satisfied too. With the help of Danby, the list grew to 81 accusations. of England; Smith's British Mezzotinto Portraits; Stoughton's Hist. Titus Oates was born at Oakham in Rutland. On 31 Oct. the commons resolved, nemine contradicente, ‘that upon the evidence that hath already appeared, this House is of opinion that there is and hath been a damnable and hellish plot contriv'd and carried on by Popish recusants for assassinating and murdering the king, for subverting the government and rooting out and destroying the Protestant religion.’ With this vote the House of Lords concurred. • A Popish Plot which, during the reign of Charles II of England, Titus Oates pretended to have discovered. On 18 July followed the important trial of Sir George Wakeman; his condemnation would have involved that of the queen, whom Oates had the audacity to accuse before the council of being privy to the design to kill the king. Titus was removed to Dover prison, and it was probably in connection with this case that, in 1675, a crown-office writ was issued to the corporation of Dover to remove to the king's bench an indictment of perjury preferred by Francis Norwood against Oates (see Sussex Archæological Trans. In August 1688 he begot a bastard son of a bedmaker in the King's Bench prison (Wood, Life and Times), and issued another coarse pamphlet on ‘popish pranks,’ entitled ‘Sound Advice to Roman Catholics, especially the Residue of poor seduced and deluded Papists in England who obstinately shut both eyes and ears against the clearest Light of the Gospel of Christ.’. He died in Axe Yard on 12 July 1705 (Luttrell, v. 572). During the time he lived, the people of Restoration England would have believed his deformities suggested an evil character. App.) The fictitious details of the ‘popish plot’ were fabricated during the six weeks that followed Oates's return. When the Duke of York acceded to the throne in 1685 as James II, he had Oates retried, convicted and sentenced for perjury, stripped of clerical dress, imprisoned for life, and to be "whipped through the streets of London five days a year for the remainder of his life. Titus Oates began his career at Merchant Taylor's School in 1665, when he was sixteen. the perjurer titus oates and eight jesuits (part 9) st david lewis s j In the meantime, on 21 Oct., the House of Commons had assembled and called Oates before them. Oates had been received into the Catholic Church in March 1677, but he would later claim that his conversion was insincere and merely part of his ploy to infiltrate the Society of Jesus. 165). Before the case came on Oates managed to escape from Dover gaol, and he hid in London for a few weeks, at the end of which period he obtained a berth as chaplain on board a king's ship, and appears to have made the voyage to Tangier. Jeffreys, now lord chief justice, summed up with great weight of eloquence against his favourite witness of former days. He had short bandy legs and long arms. On 31 August 1681, Oates was told to leave his apartments in Whitehall, but remained undeterred and denounced the King, the Duke of York, and just about anyone he regarded as an opponent. Titus Oates began his career at Merchant Taylor's School in 1665, when he was sixteen. Later "he slipped into Orders," but his dishonesty again brought him into trouble on several occasions, and he was finally sent to prison at Dover to await trial. 520). Titus Oates reportedly could only be described as ugly. Titus Oates and his fellow perjurers must have been smugly satisfied too. At Cambridge University, he entered Gonville and Caius College in 1667 but transferred to St John's College in 1669;[3] he left later the same year without a degree. His father, the descendant of a family of Norwich ribbon-weavers, left the established church, and gained some notoriety as a ‘dipper’ or anabaptist in East Anglia in 1646. Titus Oates was born in 1649 and spent two years at Cambridge University and left without a Degree, but having “gained a reputation for homosexuality and a canting fanatical way.” He falsely claimed he had a degree, was ordained in the Church of England and became Vicar of Bobbing, in Kent, and then Curate to his father in Hastings. of Broadsides; Pinkerton and Grüber's Medallic Hist. Oates was heaped with praise. Later "he slipped into Orders," but his dishonesty again brought him into trouble on several occasions, and he was finally sent to prison at Dover to await trial. A number of the persons whom he denounced, including Wakeman, Grove, Pickering, and Fogarthy, were promptly committed to Newgate. Oates had now arrived at the highest point of his fortunes. Such a career was only possible at a time when party feeling raged in politics and religion ​with the virulence of a disease. Sitwell, The First Whig, p. 49). In January 1682 some ridiculous charges which he brought against Adam Elliott [q. v.] were not only disproved, but Oates was cast in 20l. in London for any one who would do the deed, and this sum was augmented by 10,000l. Titus was entered at Merchant Taylors' School in June 1665, but was expelled in the course of his first year, and it was from Sedlescombe school, near Hastings, that he passed, in 1667, as a poor scholar, to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. The credulity of the better part of the nation was exhausted, but not before Oates had directly or indirectly contrived the judicial murder of some thirty-five men. pp. Anagramma Testis ovat,’ which was probably executed in 1679. [1] A less than astute student, he was regarded by his tutor as "a great dunce". [1], On Ash Wednesday in 1677 Oates was received into the Catholic Church. Oates was admitted to the course in Valladolid by the support of Richard Strange, despite a lack of basic competence in Latin. James II succeeded to his brother in February, and on 8 May 1685 Oates was put upon his trial for perjury. Titus Oates was born in Oakham into a family of Baptist clergymen. Titus Oates was born in Oakham into a family of Baptist clergymen. Rumours surfaced that Oates was to be married to a daughter of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury. 6d. by the prior of the Benedictines at the Savoy. But while this decision was pending Oates had unadvisedly sent in a petition for a reversal of sentence to the commons, an act which provoked the upper house into committing him to the Marshalsea for breach of privilege. The presiding judge was Judge Jeffreys who stated that Oates was a "shame to mankind". A member of the Flavian dynasty, Titus succeeded his father Vespasian upon his death.. 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