John Almond, Venerable
English priest and martyr, b. about 1577; d. at Tyburn, 5 December, 1612
Almond, JOHN, VENERABLE, English priest and martyr, b. about 1577; d. at Tyburn, December 5, 1612. He passed his childhood at Allerton near Liverpool, where he was born, and at Much-Woolton. His boyhood and early manhood were spent in Ireland, until he went to the English College, Rome, at the age of twenty. He concluded his term there brilliantly by giving the “Grand Act”—a public defense of theses which cover the whole course of philosophy and theology—and was warmly congratulated by Cardinals Baronius and Tarugi, who presided. The account of his death describes him as “a reprover of sin, a good example to follow, of an ingenious and acute understanding, sharp and apprehensive in his conceits and answers, yet complete with modesty, full of courage and ready to suffer for Christ, that suffered for him.” He was arrested in the year 1608, and again in 1612. In November of this year seven priests escaped from prison, and this may have sharpened the zeal of the persecutors, Dr. King, Protestant Bishop of London, being especially irritated against Almond. He displayed to the last great acuteness in argument, and died with the Holy Name upon his lips.