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Thomas Ford

Martyr, d. May 28, 1582

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Thomas Ford, BLESSED, b. in Devonshire; d. at Tyburn, May 28, 1582. He incepted M.A. at Trinity College, Oxford, July 14, 1567, and was a fellow, Woods says president, of the college. He went to the English College, Douai, in 1570, and was one of the first three of its students to be ordained, receiving all orders in March, 1573, at Brussels. After becoming B.D. at Douai he left for England, May 2, 1576, and soon became chaplain to Edward Yate and his Bridgettine guests at Lyford, Berkshire. Arrested with Blessed Edmund Campion (q.v.) July 17, 1581, and committed to the Tower July 22, he was thrice tortured. He was brought before the Queen’s Bench November 16, with his fellow martyr Blessed John Shert, on an absurd charge of conspiracy at Rome and Reims, where he had never been, on dates when he was in England, and both were condemned November 21. With him suffered John Shert and Robert Johnson.

JOHN SHERT, BLESSED, a native of Cheshire, took the degree of B. A. at Brasenose College, Oxford, in 1566. Successively schoolmaster in London, and servant to Dr. Thomas Stapleton at Douai, he entered the seminary in 1576, and was ordained subdeacon. He was ordained priest from the English College, Rome, of which he was senior of the first six scholars. He left Reims for England August 27, 1579, and was sent to the Tower, July 14, 1581.

ROBERT JOHNSON, BLESSED, b. in Shropshire, entered the German College, Rome, October 1, 1571. Ordained priest at Brussels from the English College Douai, in April, 1576, he started immediately for England. After a pilgrimage to Rome in 1579 he returned to England in 1580, and was committed to the Poultry Counter July 12, whence he was transferred to the Tower December 5 On December 16 he was terribly racked, and then thrust into an underground dungeon. He was brought before the Queen’s Bench November 14, and condemned November 20


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