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 1586. He was ordained priest in 1589 and returned to England the same year to minister to Catholics in the West Country. He was arrested almost immediately at Blandford (Dorset), was imprisoned in the Bridewell, interrogated, and tortured. He was condemned to death for his priesthood and executed at Tyburn with Edmund Gennings and others on 10 December. He was canonized by Paul VI in 1970 as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. Feast: 25 October.
R. Challoner, Memoirs of Missionary Priests (ed. J. H. Pollen, 1928), pp. 169–85; N.C.E., s.v.