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A Google search for "Guy Fawkes" (with the inverted commas) led to http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22Guy+Fawkes%22&btnG=Google+Search
The page shows just the first 10 of 86,100 web sites about the man, or at least about his name. I don't suggest you real all of them, but if you click on any of the blue underlined headings that look interesting I'm sure you will find answers to all those questions.
Guy Fawkes was born in York, the son of a schoolmaster (possibly). He became a mercenary soldier who spent a considerable time in Holland fighting for the catholics (including 7 years in Maastricht). Guy Fawkes developed a reputation for being an expert in the use of gunpowder and as he had been abroad for a long time and was relatively unknown here, when he returned to England he was a natural choice to join the plot. There is speculation that the plot was created by the government of the day to discredit Catholics. There are some excellent books on the subject, particularly the one written by Antonio Fraser.
I would like to add that I am proud to be a member of one of the Lewes Bonfire societies and long may the tradition of bonfire night continue. Let's face it, it's the only truly British celebration left. Halloween has become Americanised, as has Christmas.