James Wadsworth

Alternative Name(s) Diego de Vadesfoote
Date b. 1604
Biographical NotesWriter and government official. Second son of James Wadsworth who had converted to Catholicism while serving as Chaplain on an English embassy to Spain. The younger Wadsworth attended school in Spain until 1618 when he entered the Jesuit College in Artois. On a voyage from Calais to Sanlucar on 16 August 1622 he was captured by Dutch and then by Moroccan pirates. He was held at Salé until ransomed and released on 14 November. In 1625 he returned to England and denounced popery. In 1629 his memoir 'The English Spanish Pilgrime' was published. He became a messenger of the court of high commission and the privy council. Testified in numerous trials against Jesuits and Recusants. See ODNB.
Work(s)Author of [Prefatory materials to Wadsworth's European Mercury] (1641) in The European Mercury