was brought to the Percy family by Maud, heiress of the Lucies and
descendant of Antony de Luci who received Cockermouth as his reward
for capturing Sir Andrew de Harcla - Earl of Carlisle in the 14th
century. The estate was brought to her husband on condition of his
descendants quartering the arms of Lucy. (the 3 pike).
Percy family were frequently in trouble with the Tudors because
of their Catholic sympathies -The 8th Earl being imprisoned in the
Tower for his alleged part in plots supporting Mary Stuart in 1585.
1564, the 9th Earl was two years older than James V1. He owned massive
estates in northern England as well as the south. His main establishment
being Petworth in Sussex. Although his speech was incline to be
slow and he was slightly deaf he was a highly gifted man, his scientific
experiments and library earning him the title of Wizard Earl.
At his own expense he equipped several vessels and personally helped
in the destruction of the Armada. He married Dorothty Devereux,
sister of Essex and though the couple separated, a brief reconciliation
resulted in the birth of an heir in 1602.
to Northumberlands involvement with Thomas Percy, a distant relation,
who he employed as his go between with King James and the fact that
he had acted as Catholic advocate in the previous reign, he was
subjected to intensive questioning by King James as to his involvement
gunpowder plot. Northumberland denied any knowledge of the plot.
Nothing was ever proved against him and non of the plotters under
torture confessed his name. The indictment charged Northumberland
with endeavouring to head the English Papists and procure them toleration.
his trial Northumberland was fined £30,000 and sentenced to
imprisonment at the kings pleasure. He was kept in the Martin
Tower and had a study, library, great chamber with drawing room
and two dining rooms. He remained in the tower until 1621 when his
son in law Lord Hay, successfully pleaded for his release. He returned
to his estate at Petworth were he died in 1632.
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