1573 – He was born in Lapworth, Warwickshire, England.
– Catesby became embittered against the government of Queen Elizabeth I as he saw his father, Sir William, persecuted for refusing to conform to the Church of England.
1601 – Robert Catesby was imprisoned and fined for joining the abortive uprising of Robert Devereux, 2nd earl of Essex.
1603 – His release he set about promoting a Spanish invasion of England, and as a result he was again briefly imprisoned shortly before Elizabeth’s death in March.
– In May, he conceived the idea of destroying both King and Parliament by exploding gunpowder under the Parliament building.
1604 – In January, he began to assemble a group of zealous Catholics to carry out his scheme, including the soldier Guy Fawkes and Thomas Percy, a relative of the Earl of Northumberland.
1605 – He died on the 8th of November in Holbeche House, Staffordshire.