b.10 Nov 1565
d.25 Feb 1601 Tower of London, Middlesex, England
Facts and Events
Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, KG PC (10 November 1565 – 25 February 1601) was an English nobleman and a favourite of Elizabeth I. Politically ambitious, and a committed general, he was placed under house arrest following a poor campaign in Ireland during the Nine Years' War in 1599. In 1601 he led an abortive coup d'état against the government and was executed for treason.