A wild youth (Thomas Percy) is stabbing a Scotsman (James Burne) in the face (he is dressed in the traditional short yellow Celtic tunic)
Text: Percy was known as: “Wild.. a man who relied much on his sword”
Though age and his Catholic conversion mellowed him a bit.
He was made constable of Alnwick Castle, but killed a Scotsman in a border brawl and was sent to a London gaol.
From what I can tell Percy was basically the kind of guy who just wanted to fight people.
Also he had a skin problem so that he was irritated by anything except cotton, and he was sweaty all of the time so he changed shirts frequently. Maybe if everything is pissing you off and you keep soaking your shirts all you wanna do is stab people? Maybe he was just an entitled brat.
Either way I didn’t have enough room to put in all the text about Percy:
Father John Gerard wrote that in his youth Percy had “been very wild more than ordinary, and much given to fighting”, while the Jesuit Oswald Tesimond thought he had been “rather wild and given to the gay life, a man who relied much on his sword and personal courage.”
And before he was made constable his cousin (who was basically of the main line of the family and got all the property etc.) gave him a job as a rent collector. Which is pretty great if you just like drinking and fighting.
I’m not going down this side story, but Percy basically delivered a few letters to King James as well, where James promised that he’d be good to Catholics. Then after the details from before happened, he broke the promises, which really pissed Percy off.
He’d promised to his fellow Catholics that things would be ok, he was a cool guy, he had a letter and everything, so when James began cracking down on Catholics he got so pissed that he said he was gonna kill the King with his bare hands. Catesby said, “Chill m8 I’m thinking of something.” and so he joined the bomber crew.