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Hugh Taylor

English martyr, b. 25 (not 26) November, 1585

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Taylor, HUGH, VENERABLE, English martyr, b. at Durham; hanged, drawn, and quartered at York, 25 (not 26) November, 1585. He arrived at Reims on May 2, 1582, and having been ordained priest was sent thence on the mission on March 27, 1585. He was the first to suffer under the Statute 27 Eliz. c. 2. lately passed. On November 26, Marmaduke Bowes, a married gentleman, was hanged for having harbored him. Bowes is described by Challoner as of Angram Grange near Appleton in Cleveland, but is not mentioned in the will of Christopher Bowes of Angram Grange, proved on September 30, 1568, nor in the 1612 pedigree. The sole evidence against him was that of a former tutor to his children, an apostate Catholic. Having been previously imprisoned at York with his wife, he was under bond to appear at the Assizes which began on November 23 at York, and on his arrival found that Taylor was about to be arraigned. Bowes, though always a Catholic at heart, had outwardly conformed to the Established Church. “Before his death he was made a member of the Catholic Church the which he boldly confessed with great alacrity of mind”.


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