In May 1641, it was alleged by Members of Parliament, including John Pym, that details had been uncovered of a Royalist plot masterminded by army officers. They were apparently planning to bring the army down from the north to threaten Parliament, while Colonel Goring would seize the town of Portsmouth, in order to allow a French army to land as reinforcement. Those involved in the plot, including Sir John Suckling and Henry Jermyn, were forced to flee to France.
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