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Alban Bartholomew Roe

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(1583–1642),

Benedictine monk, priest and martyr. Born in Suffolk, Roe was educated at Cambridge University and became an ardent and aggressive Protestant. It is said that a...

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Alexander Briant

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(c.1556–81), priest and martyr. Born in Somerset, Briant was educated at Hart Hall, Oxford; while an undergraduate he returned to the R.C. Church in 1574 and entered the English College,...

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Ambrose Barlow

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(1585–1641),

Benedictine monk and martyr. Born, the son of Sir Alexander Barlow, at Barlow Hall (Lancs.) in 1585, Barlow conformed to the Church of England for some years but...

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Ampleforth Abbey

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N. Yorks. An English Benedictine Abbey, founded in 1802 with a nucleus of monks from Dieulouard in Lorraine. The community claims continuity with the Benedictines of Westminster Abbey.

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Anne Line

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(c.1565–1601), martyr. Born at Dunmow (Essex) of ardent Calvinist parents, Anne Heigham, with her brother William, joined the R.C. Church before the age of twenty, with the result that they...

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Augustine Webster

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(d. 1535),

Carthusian monk and martyr. He became a monk at the Charterhouse of Sheen (the largest in England, founded in 1414), and soon after his profession was appointed prior of...

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Cuthbert Mayne

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(c.1543–77),

seminary priest and martyr. Born at Youlston (N. Devon) and educated as a member of the Church of England at Barnstaple Grammar School, he was given the living of...

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David Lewis

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(1616–79), Jesuit, priest, and martyr. Born in Monmouthshire in 1616 of a Protestant father and a Catholic mother, David Lewis was educated at Abergavenny Grammar School and at the Middle...

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Edmund Arrowsmith

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(1585–1628), Jesuit priest and martyr. Born at Haydock (Lancs.), the son of Robert Arrowsmith, a yeoman farmer, he was educated first by an otherwise unknown elderly priest and then at the...

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Edmund Campion

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(1540–81),

Jesuit priest and martyr. Campion was the son of a London bookseller, was educated at Christ's Hospital, and won a scholarship to St John's College, Oxford, where he...

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Edmund Gennings

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(1567–91), priest and martyr. Born at Lichfield, Gennings was brought up as a Protestant but became a Catholic under the influence of Richard Sherwood, whose page he became in 1583. He...

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Eustace White

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(d. 1591),

seminary priest and martyr. Born at Louth (Lincs.) of a well-known Protestant family, White joined the R.C. Church in 1584 and entered the English College, Rome, in...

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Henry Morse

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(1595–1645), Jesuit, priest, and martyr. Born at Brome (Suffolk), Morse studied Law at Barnards Inn (London), was later converted to Catholicism and joined the English College, Douai, in...

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Henry Walpole

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(1558–95), Jesuit, priest, and martyr. Born at Docking (Norfolk), Walpole was educated at Norwich Grammar school, at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and at Gray's Inn. He is said to have joined the...

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John Boste

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(1543–94), seminary priest and martyr. Born at Dufton (Cumbria), Boste was educated at Queen's College, Oxford. In 1576 he was converted to the R.C. Church and entered the English College,...

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John Houghton

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(1487–1535), Carthusian monk and martyr. A member of a family of Essex gentry, Houghton studied Law at Christ's College, Cambridge, and then became a secular priest through the usual...

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John Jones

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(1559–98), Franciscan priest and martyr. Born at Clynog Fawr (Caernarvonshire), he joined the Franciscan Order at Pontoise (France) c.1590, presumably as a priest. He was professed in Rome...

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John Kemble

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(1599–1679), seminary priest and martyr. Born at St Weonards (near Hereford) of a Wiltshire family, Kemble was educated at the English College, Douai, where he was ordained priest in 1625....

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John Lloyd

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(c.1630–79), seminary priest and martyr. Born at Brecon, he entered the English seminary at Valladolid in 1649 and was ordained priest in 1653. The next year he returned to Wales and...

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John Paine

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(c.1550–82),

seminary priest and martyr. Born at Peterborough, Paine was brought up as a member of the Church of England, but joined the R. C. Church at an unknown place and date....

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