Baron Augustus Wells-Lacy, Archbishop of Schijndel [Mark B]

Player: Mark B
Rank: Baron
Religion: Church of England
Reputation: Respectable

Augustus Wells-Lacy is an elderly, but active man who suffers from terrible acne. He has been an important advisor to King Henry, owner of the charitable Saint Mary Home for Fallen Women in Southwark and founder of Queen Elizabeth's Home for Wayward Boys and Girls. He is known to be very wealthy and frequently professes to the fact that the Lord rewards hard work and perseverance.

His reputation has suffered somewhat recently due to a series of satirical plays, accusing him of all manner of ills from running a brothel, to usury, to diabolism. Augustus was until recently the Bishop of Hereford, until he was defrocked under accusation of a range of sins and crimes including usury, heresy and pandering.

If these accusations were ever true he seems to have thoroughly repented of them now. He has helped to found the Dutch Anglican Church in the Kingdom of the Netherlands with the Queen as the head of the Church.


Archbishop Wells-Lacy of Schijndel, despite his occasionally chequered past, rose high in the ranks of the Dutch Anglican church and maintained it as a firm bulwak of English control in the civil conflicts that raged across Europe in the years after the assassination of King Henry. The Archbishop encouraged clergy from the Church to take positions in the Dutch church, and many ambitious young men and women made a name for themselves working in the Low Countries and nearby before returning to high positions in the English Church hierarchy. Indeed, the effects of the Great Flood meant that Schinjdel's plans for the Church succeeded even beyond his original plans; although many of the original church properties which had been bought up and built in the name of Anglicanism were destroyed and submerged, the Church soon spread outside the lost Low Countries, and outposts of the Foreign Anglican Church are now found throughout Europe; they are barely tolerated, or not at all, in Catholic states, but find a warm reception in the Austrian nations, France and Navarre.

Through astute management and (so the rumours say) inventive usury, Archbishop Schinjdel soon became rich beyond the dreams of mortal man, focusing a great deal of his wealth into charitable projects; orphanages, homes for Ruined Women and the like. Rumours were rife throughout his lifetime of his involvement with the Rosicrucians; these rumours were magnified following his alleged involvement with the great Diocesal Scandals of '14, during which several of the Church of England's most prominent Bishops found their properties in disarray and frequently being repossessed by local lords and landowners. Regardless of where, precisely, his excellent information descended from, it seems certain that he had the best interests of Queen and Country at heart.

The Archbishop disappeared in the watery streets of Antwerp in 1620, while trying to save an enclave of Dutch Anglican monks and a store of priceless paintings from disintegrating flood barriers. There are stories to this day that it was an elite troop of Jesuit assassins who cut him down in the dark; or that it was a demon, released from Hell and sent to claim his life in fury at the great Christian works he had done; or that one of his poor debtors, squeezed too far and into madness, finally snapped and took his revenge upon the moneylender.

Most who knew the man well feel it necessary to point out that he had, in later life, suffered most greviously with the Pox, and had indeed been progressing further and further into the stages of ill health and madness which that disease so frequently provokes.

Regardless, his body was never recovered.

After his death, a peculiarity of his legacy was discovered; it was found that the Archbishop had left all his property in various trusts and funds, all to be distributed to the various successors of the original Southwark Cattery which by now he had spread across Europe. Many of the major cities now enjoy several well-endowed and luxuriously appointed Wells-Lacy catteries, whose name endures to this day. Rumours that these organisations are being used as a front for secret Rosicrucian meeting-houses and armouries are to be treated with precisely the contempt that they deserve.

bio/augustus_wells_lacy.txt · Last modified: 2007/09/23 22:58 by helen