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Ferrar, Robert (d. 1555), bishop of St David's and protestant martyr, was born at Ewood in Midgley in the parish of Halifax, Yorkshire. In the early 1520s he found a living at the Augustinian priory of St Oswald in Nostell, Yorkshire, where he was ordained an acolyte and subdeacon on 21 May 1524. On 24 September 1524 he was ordained a deacon at ...


Hooper, John (1495x1500–1555), bishop of Gloucester and Worcester and protestant martyr, was born some time between 1495 and 1500. Little can be said for sure about either his place of origin or his parents. According to Hooper himself, his father was wealthy; there is some evidence to suggest that he had prospered in the cloth trade. Tradition has always claimed that ...


Nicholas Ridley (c. 1502–1555) by unknown artist, 1555 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Ridley, Nicholas (c. 1502–1555), bishop of London and protestant martyr, was born only a short distance away from Hadrian's Wall, near Willimontswick, to a Northumberland gentry family whose members were prominent in the life of the church, both before and during the Reformation. His father was ...