On This Day in 1554, Sir Thomas Wyatt Gathered His Army


This day in 1554 saw Sir Thomas Wyatt gather an army of 4000 men in Kent at the start of his rebellion against Queen Mary. His fellow conspirators were timid and inept to carry out the task, and he eventually surrendered. He was executed and his body quartered on 11th April.

Thomas Wyatt the Younger was a rebel leader during the reign of Mary I of England and his rising is traditionally called Wyatt’s Rebellion. He was also the son of the English poet and ambassador Sir Thomas Wyatt. After developing an aversion to the Spanish Government, Wyatt’s aversion was deepened much further when he learned of Queen Mary’s decision to marry Philip of Spain.

When the government found out about his plans to prevent the marriage, he was sentenced to death for high treason.