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Abell, Thomas (d. 1540), Roman Catholic priest and martyr, is of obscure origins. He was in priest's orders by May 1513. Nothing else is known about his early life beyond his studies at Oxford, where he determined as a BA in 1514, and proceeded MA in 1518. In 1522 he was admitted to the rectory of ...

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Alban [St Alban, Albanus] (d. c. 303?), Christian martyr in Roman Britain, was known from at least the tenth century as protomartyr Anglorum (sic); but the earliest reference to him is in 429 (the date is given by Prosper of Aquitaine...

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Alfield, Thomas (1552–1585), Roman Catholic priest and martyr, was born in Gloucester, the son of Robert Alfield (b. c.1514), who was a fellow of King's College, Cambridge, between 1535 and about 1539, and a master at Eton College and Gloucester School...

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Anlaby, William (c. 1552–1597), Roman Catholic priest and martyr, was a native of Etton in the East Riding of Yorkshire; he was the second son of John Anlaby of Etton and Dorothy, daughter of John Anne of Frickley, Yorkshire. He matriculated as a Dowman scholar at ...

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Askew [married name Kyme], Anne (c. 1521–1546), writer and protestant martyr, was probably born at her family home in Stallingborough, near Grimsby in Lincolnshire, the second daughter of Sir William Askew (1489–1541) and his first wife, Elizabeth Wrottesley. She had two brothers, ...

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Atkins, Richard (1559?–1581), protestant martyr, was the son of William Atkins and a native of Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. In early summer 1581 he arrived in Rome. The anonymous Copie of a Double Letter (1582?), probably by the Jesuit Robert Persons from an eyewitness account, describes him as 'of no great yeres', a 'nailesmithe' by trade, short, with auburn hair, a reddish beard, and hardened hands, unlettered except that he could rudely write his name and read 'a litle new testament tourned out of Beza his latin' into English. The ...

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Bainham, James (d. 1532), lawyer and protestant martyr, was the youngest son of Sir Alexander Bainham and Elizabeth Langley, née Tracy, of Westbury-on-Severn in Gloucestershire, and nephew through his mother of Sir William Tracy, the evangelical landowner from Toddington in Gloucestershire whose will was refused probate in 1531 because of its heretical content. The source of his early education is unknown, but he probably attended a grammar school for he knew both Latin and Greek; later he was admitted to the inns of court and became a lawyer. However, he did not confine his energies to the law; he also espoused the evangelical faith articulated so eloquently in his uncle's will. ...

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Barkworth [alias Lambert], Mark (bap. 1570, d. 1601), Benedictine monk and martyr, was baptized at Searby, Lincolnshire, in April 1570. Nothing is known of his parents. Searby church records seem to indicate that his brother George was baptized in March 1576. When he was young a woman gifted with prophecy told ...

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Bayfield [alias Somersam], Richard (d. 1531), Benedictine monk and protestant martyr, was born at Hadleigh in Suffolk of unknown parentage. His alias, presumably a locative surname, suggests that his family originated at Somersham, a few miles north-east of Hadleigh. He was professed at ...

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Beesley, George (1562–1591), Roman Catholic priest and martyr, was born at The Hill in Goosnargh, Lancashire. He was the son of George and Ellen Beesley, and the brother of Richard, who also became a seminary priest. His family was from the gentry and noted for its recusancy. He trained as a priest at the ...