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Francis Ingleby, Venerable

English martyr, b. about 1551; suffered at York on Friday, June 3, 1586 (old style)

Ingleby, FRANCIS, VENERABLE, English martyr, b. about 1551; suffered at York on Friday, June 3, 1586 (old style). According to an early but inaccurate calendar he suffered June 1 (Cath. Rec. Soc., V, 192). Fourth son of Sir William Ingleby, knight, of Ripley, Yorkshire, by Anne, daughter of Sir William Mallory, knight, of Studley, he was probably a scholar of Brasenose College, Oxford, in and before 1565, and was a student of the Inner Temple in 1576. On August 18, 1582 he arrived at the English College, Reims, where he lived at his own expense. He was ordained sub-deacon at Laon on Saturday, May 28, deacon at Reims, Saturday, September 24, and priest at Laon, Saturday, December 24, 1583, and left for England Thursday, April 5, 1584. (These four dates are all new style.) He labored with great zeal in the neighborhood of York, where he was arrested in the spring of 1586, and lodged in the castle. He was one of the priests for harboring whom the Venerable Margaret Clitherow (q.v.) was arraigned. At the prison door, while fetters were being fastened on his legs he smilingly said, “I fear me I shall be overproud of my new boots.” He was condemned under 27 Eliz. c. 2 for being a priest. When sentence was pronounced he exclaimed, “Credo videre bona Domini in terra viventium”. Fr. Warford says he was short but well made, fair-complexioned, with a chestnut beard, and a slight cast in his eyes.


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