He was admitted to Trinity College , Oxford , 29 Jan. 1579/80 at the age of 16 (he is not the same as the Thomas Salusbury who is mentioned by Foster , Reg. of Adm. to Gray's Inn , under the year 1573 ; cf. also D.N.B. ). After some time at Oxford , he joined the service of the earl of Leicester , his guardian and patron , and while in London appears to have become a Roman Catholic ; about 1580 he joined a group of lively young courtiers who favoured the cause of Mary , queen of Scots .
Early in 1586 Salusbury and another Welshman , Edward Jones of Plas Cadwgan near Wrexham , came under the influence of Anthony Babington who was plotting to murder Elizabeth , release Mary , and set her on the throne. The plot was disclosed to the authorities and Babington was arrested at the end of Aug.; Salusbury succeeded in escaping to Cheshire where, however, he, too, was arrested a few days later. He and the other conspirators were arraigned before a special court at Westminster , 13 Sept. , and Salusbury was found guilty of intending to raise a rebellion in Denbighshire should Babington 's plot be successful. In spite of his strenuous denial that he had any desire to murder Elizabeth , he was executed 21 Sept. to the terror and great grief of his family and his other friends in Denbighshire .
Emyr Gwynne Jones, M.A., (1911-72), Bangor
Published date: 1959