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Titus Oates
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Born in Oakham, Rutland
Born on 15th of September 1649

Born 1649. Died 1705 – English conspirator.

Took Anglican orders but was dismissed for misconduct. Considered a hero for telling a magistrate of a Catholic plot to massacre Protestants and assassinate Charles II, his evidence led to 35 judicial deaths. In 1683 fined £100,000 and imprisoned for calling the Duke of York a traitor. In 1685 found guilty of perjury and again imprisoned, set free in the Revolution of 1688.

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