seminary priest and martyr. Born in London, the son of a craftsman, Plasden was educated at the English College, Douai (and Reims), and was ordained priest in Rome in 1586. He ministered in Sussex and in London from 1588 to 1591, when he was arrested with Edmund Gennings in the house of Swithun Wells in Gray's Inn Road. As priests ordained overseas, Plasden and Gennings were tried and condemned for treason, but they defended both their priesthood and their loyalty to the Queen. The execution at Tyburn on 10 December was supervised by Sir Walter Ralegh, who insisted that Plasden should be dead before being cut down. He was canonized by Paul VI in 1970 as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. Feast: 25 October.
For bibliography see Edmund Gennings.