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Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth I's spy master had discovered and nurtured the Babington plot of 1596 instigated by Anthony Babington, Chidiock Tichborne, John Ballard and others. The plot was manipulated by Walsingham to bring about the downfall of Mary. The conspirators were hung, cutdown and butchered. Mary, Queen of Scots was put under stricter house arrest while Walsingham hatched his entrapment of her with double agent John Poley, so she could be legally executed.
Sir Francis Walsingham-Born: 1530, Scadbury Park, Chislehurst, Kent, England-Died: 6 Apr 1590, Seething Lane, London, Middlesex, England Principal Secretary to Elizabeth I of England from 1573 until 1590, and is popularly remembered as her "spymaster". Elizabeth I. nicknamed him her 'Moor'.