Despard, Edward Marcus

Despard, Edward Marcus

▪ British military officer
born 1751, County Leix, Ire.
died Feb. 21, 1803, London, Eng.

      British army officer and colonial administrator and organizer of a conspiracy against the British government. Despard entered the army in 1766 and attained the rank of colonel. After serving in Jamaica, he was sent to Central America in 1781; there he was made governor of Roatán Island, off the Honduras coast, and soon afterward of the British Mosquito Coast and Gulf of Honduras.

      In 1784 he took over the administration of Belize. There he supported the land claims of recent immigrants from the Mosquito Coast against those of earlier settlers, on whose complaints he was recalled in 1790. Charges against him were dismissed in 1792, but the British government refused to employ him further. He was imprisoned from 1798 to 1800 on no specific charge, though it has been suggested that he was involved in the Irish Rebellion.

      Despard then began to organize a conspiracy in which he hoped to combine an army mutiny with a rising in London to assassinate King George III and capture the Tower of London and the Bank of England. His plot became known, and he was arrested. Though Lord Nelson testified in his behalf, he was convicted of high treason and executed.

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