It may be noted that there was no Mrs. Shakespeare among the recusants.
A large house at Erith was also a frequent meeting-place of the recusants.
John, fifth son of Sir William, was presented in the list of recusants in 1604.
One of them, it is added, helped four recusants to escape from Newgate.
Recusants were, however, as yet forbidden to serve in the Royal armies.