She contrived to escape uninjured during the crisis of the Popish Plot in 1678.
The Viscount Stafford was one of the "five Popish lords" committed to the Tower in 1678 as a result of the slanders of Titus Oates and he died by the axe in 1680 upon testimony which, as the diarist Evelyn protested, "should not be taken against the life of a dog."
Only six days after this we find him moving for a committee to draw up a bill to secure religion and property in case of a popish successor.
He was also charged with Popish practices, but on frivolous grounds, and with aspersing the members of parliament for the city.
On his return to London England was in the throes of the popish terror.