Oxford University Saints


Oxford University numbers no fewer than fifteen saints and fifty-seven beati among its alumni. The majority of these men were martyrs sentenced to death for profession of the Catholic faith between 1535 and 1642. The University counts six saints and beati from the middle ages, as well as St John Henry Newman, who died in 1890.  In addition to these, Our Lady of Oxford and St Frideswide are of particular significance within the University.


JANUARY

4 January – Bl. Thomas Plumtree, Martyr, Secular Priest b. diocese of Lincoln; educ. Corpus Christi College, Oxford; chaplain to the insurgents. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Durham, 1570.

21 January – Bl. Edward Stransham (Transham) (alias Barber), Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Oxford; educ. St. John’s College, Oxford; Douay, Rheims; ordained 1580; English mission, 1581, London and Oxford. Condemned for Priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Tyburn, 1586.

St Frideswide, died c.735


FEBRUARY

11 February – TRANSLATION OF ST FRIDESWIDE OF OXFORD, OSB, Virgin and Abbess Daughter of Didan, prince of district bordering Upper Thames; with divine assistance escaped amorous pursuit and preserved virginity; established miraculous well, St. Margaret’s Church, Binsey; established Benedictine monastery of St. Mary on site of Christ Church; translated to St. Mary’s Abbey; relics defiled during the Reformation, but still extant; patroness of University and City of Oxford. Maxim: “Whoever is not God is nothing”. Died c.735.

12 February – Bl. James Fenn, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Montacute, nr Yeovil, Somerset; educ. Corpus Christi College and Gloucester Hall, Oxford; schoolmaster; married; on wife’s death went to Rheims; ordained 1580. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Tyburn, 1584.

12 February – Bl. Thomas Hemerford, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Stoke (?), Dorset; educ. St. John’s College and Hart Hall, Oxford; Ven. English College, Rome; ordained 1583. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Tyburn, 1584.

12 February – Bl. John Munden, Martyr, Secular Priest b. Coltley, S. Maperton, Dorset; educ. Winchester and New College, Oxford; schoolmaster in Dorset; Rheims; Rome; ordained 1582. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Tyburn, 1582.

27 February – Bl. Mark Brakworth (alias Lambert), OSB, Martyr, Priest b. Lincolnshire; educ. Oxford; after conversion, Rome and Valladolid. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Tyburn, 1601.


MARCH

13 March – Bl. Agnellus of Pisa, OFM, Priest b. Pisa, 1194; received by St Francis of Assisi into Friars Minor; opened house in Paris; appointed by St. Francis as first Franciscan Provincial in England and founded houses in Canterbury and Oxford; established school in Oxford. Died Oxford, 1236 (buried at Greyfriars, the present day West Gate area); cult confirmed 1892.

15 March – Bl. William Hart, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Wells, Somerset; educ. Lincoln College, Oxford; after conversion, Douay, Rheims, and Rome; ordained 1581; English mission, Yorks. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred York, 1583.

21 March – Bl. Thomas Prichard, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Battle, Sussex; educ. Balliol College, Oxford; after conversion, Rheims; ordained 1583; English mission, 1583, West Counties. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Dorchester, 1587.

23 March – Bl. Edmund Sykes, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. near Leeds, W.R. Yorks; educ. Oxford (?); Rheims; ordained 1581; English mission, 1581. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred York, 1587.

28 March – Bl. Christopher Wharton, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Middleton, near Ilkley, W.R. Yorkshire; educ. Trinity College, Oxford; Rheims; ordained 1584; English mission, 14 years. Condemned for priesthood. Martyred York, 1600.


APRIL

3 April – ST RICHARD (DE WYCH) OF CHICHESTER, Bishop, Chancellor of Oxford University b. Droitwich, Worcestershire, 1197; educ. Oxford, Paris, and Bologna; Chancellor of Oxford University; created Bishop of Chichester and defended the rights of his see against Henry III. Died Dover, 1253.

10 April – Bl. James Bell, Martyr, Secular Priest b. Warrington, Lancs; educ. Oxford; a Marian priest, who had conformed, and died being reconciled. HDQ (aged 64). Martyred Lancaster, 1584.

20 April – Bl. Richard Sergent (alias Lea and Long), Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Stone (?), Gloucestershire; educ. Oxford and Rheims; ordained 1583. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Tyburn, 1586.

20 April – Bl. Anthony Page, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Harrow, Middlesex; educ. Christ Church, Oxford; Rheims; ordained 1591. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred York, 1593.

25 April – Bl. Robert Anderton, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Isle of Man; educ. Rivington G.S. and Brasenose College, Oxford; after conversion, Rheims; ordained 1584. Contemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Isle of Wight, 1586.

25 April – Bl. William Marsden, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Goosnargh (or Chipping), Lancs; educ. Rivington G.S., and St. Mary Hall, Oxford; Rheims; ordained 1585. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Isle of Wight, 1586.

(?) April or March – Bl. Stephen Rowsham (alias Rouse), Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Oxfordshire; educ. Oriel College, Oxford; minister at University Church, Oxford; after conversion, Rheims; ordained 1582. Condemned for priesthood. Martyred Gloucester, 1587.

Pietro Novelli, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Carmelite Saints, 1641, Museo Diocesano, Palermo. (Simon Stock, died 1265, standing).


MAY

16 May – ST SIMON STOCK, O.Carm., Priest, Superior General of the Carmelites. From the age of twelve he lived as a hermit ‘in the hollow tree trunk of an oak tree’. Then, as a young man, he went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land where he joined a group of Carmelites with whom he later returned to Europe. Simon Stock founded many Carmelite Communities, especially in University towns such as Cambridge, Oxford, Paris, and Bologna, and he helped to change the Carmelites from a hermetic Order to one of mendicant friars. He taught for a time in Oxford and in 1254 he was elected Superior-General of his Order. In 1251 the Virgin Mary appeared to him holding the brown scapular in one hand. Her words were: Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of thy Order; it is the special sign of my favor, which I have obtained for thee and for thy children of Mount Carmel. He who dies clothed with this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire. It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger, and a pledge of special peace and protection. The scapular (from the Latin, scapula, meaning “shoulder blade”) consists of two pieces of cloth, one worn on the chest, and the other on the back. Lay persons may be admitted to wear this scapular by any Catholic priest, in accordance with the prescribed rite. St. Simon died in Bordeaux on 16 July (although his feast day is in May) 1265.

22 May – Bl. John Forest, Martyr, OFM, Priest, Greenwich; Observant Friar; educ. Oxford; confessor to Queen Catherine. Burned to death. Martyred Smithfield, 1538.

28 May – Bl. Thomas Ford, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Devon; fellow of Trinity College, Oxford; after conversion Douay; ordained 1573; English mission 1576, Oxfordshire and Berks. Condemned for the fictitious plot in Rome and Flanders. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Tyburn, 1582.

28 May – Bl. John Shirt, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Shert Hall, nr Macclesfield, Cheshire; educ. Brasenose College, Oxford; after conversion, Douay and Rome; ordained 1576; English mission. 1579, Cheshire and London. Condemned for the fictitious plot in Rome and Flanders. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Tyburn, 1582.

29 May – Bl. Richard Thirkeld, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Cunsley (Coniscliffe ?), Durham; educ. Queen’s College, Oxford; Douay and Rheims; ordained 1579; English mission, Yorks., 1579-83. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred York, 1583.

30 May – Bl. William Filby, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Oxfordshire; educ. Lincoln College, Oxford; after conversion, Rheims; ordained 1581; English mission 1581. Condemned for the fictitious plot in Rome and Flanders. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Tyburn, 1582.

30 May – Bl. Laurence Richardson (vere Johnson), Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Great Crosby, Lancs.; educ. Crosby, and Brasenose College, Oxford; after conversion, Douay; ordained 1577; English mission, Lancs., etc. Condemned for the fictitious plot in Rome and Flanders. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Tyburn, 1582.

30 May – Bl. Thomas Cottam, SJ, Martyr, Priest b. Dilworth or Tarnacre, Lancs.; educ. Brasenose College, Oxford; after conversion, Douay; admitted S.J., Rome; English mission, 1580. Condemned for the fictitious plot in Rome and Flanders. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Tyburn, 1582.


JUNE

1 June – Bl. John Storey, Martyr, Layman, Doctor of Law b. Salisbury; educ. Oxford; D.C.L.; president of Broadgates Hall, Oxford; M.P., Hindon, Wilts. Condemned for pretended treason. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Tyburn, 1571.

3 June – Bl. Francis Ingleby, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Ripley, W.R. Yorkshire; educ. Brasenose College, Oxford and Inner Temple; Rheims; ordained 1583; English mission, 1584, Yorkshire. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred York, 1586.

16 June – TRANSLATION OF ST RICHARD (DE WYCH) OF CHICHESTER, Bishop, Chancellor of Oxford University b. Droitwich, Worcestershire, 1197; educ. Oxford, Paris, and Bologna; Chancellor of Oxford University; created Bishop of Chichester and defended the rights of his see against Henry III. Died Dover, 1253; translated to Chichester Cathedral.

Hans Holbein the Younger, Sir Thomas More, 1527, The Frick Collection, New York. St Thomas was martyred at Tower Hill 1535.


JULY

4 July – Bl. John Cornelius (alias O‘Mahoney and Mohun), SJ, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Bodmin of Irish parents; fellow of Exeter College, Oxford; Rheims, Rome; ordained 1583; English mission, Lanherne, 10 years; admitted S.J. 1594. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Dorchester, 1594.

5 July – Bl. George Nichols, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Oxford; educ. Brasenose College, Oxford; master at St Paul’s School; Rheims; Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred OXFORD (with Bl. Richard Yaxley, Bl. Thomas Belson, and Bl. Humphrey Pritchard), 1589.

6 July – ST THOMAS MORE, Martyr, Layman, Lord Chancellor of England b. London; educ. Canterbury Hall, Oxford, and Inns of Court. Beheaded. (Proto-martyr of Oxford University). Martyred Tower Hill, 1535.

16 July – Bl. John Sugar (Suker), (alias Cox), Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Wombourn, Staffs; educ. St. Mary Hall, Oxford; convert minister; Douay; ordained 1601; English mission, midlands. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Warwick, 1604.

24 July – ST JOHN BOSTE, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Dufton, Westmoreland; educ. Queens College, Oxford; convert minister; Rheims; ordained 1581; English mission, N. Counties, 12 years. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Durham, 1594.

24 July – Bl. Nicholas Garlick, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Dinting, Derbyshire; educ. Mellor Grammar School and Gloucester Hall, Oxford; schoolmaster at Tideswell Grammar School; Rheims; ordained 1582; English mission, Midlands. Contemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred 1588.

24 July – Bl. Robert Ludlam (Ludleham), Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Radbourne, near Derby; educ. St. John’s College, Oxford; Rheims; ordained 1581; English mission, 1582, Derbyshire. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred 1588.

24 July – Bl. Richard Simpson (alias Highgate), Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Well, near Ripon; educ. Gloucester Hall, Oxford; convert minister; Douay; ordained 1577; English mission, ten years. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred 1588.

26 July – Bl. John Ingram, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Stike Edith, Hereford; convert; educ. New College, Oxford; Rheims, Rome; ordained 1589; mission in Scotland. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Darlington, 1594.

27 July – Bl. Robert Sutton, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire; educ. Burton and Christ Church, Oxford; parson of Lutterworth; after conversion, Douay; ordained 1578; English mission, Stafford, nine years. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred 1588.

29 July – Bl. William Davies, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Croes-yn-Eirias, Caernarvon; educ. St. Edmund’s Hall, Oxford; Rheims; ordained 1585; mission in North Wales. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Beaumaris, 1593.

30 July – Bl. Thomas Able, D.D., Martyr, Secular Priest educ. Oxford; chaplain to Queen Catherine. Condemned by Bill of Attainder. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Smithfield, 1540.

30 July – Bl. Edward Powell, D.D., Martyr, Secular Priest a Welshman; fellow of Oriel College, Oxford; headmaster of Eaton College; prebendary of Salisbury; vicar of St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. Condemned by Bill of Attainder. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Smithfield, 1540.

Saturday before the forth Sunday in July – THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF MERCY, “Our Lady of Oxford” Miraculous image of Our Lady Mater Misericordiae now enshrined in the Oratory Church, particularly venerated for works of conversion. Brought from Rome by Hartwell de la Garde Grissell, commoner of Brasenose College, Oxford, and a founding member of the Newman Society. Indulgences granted to the image by Bl. Pope Pius IX.

St Thomas of Hereford, died 1282.


AUGUST

13 August – Bl. William Freeman (alias Mason), Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Menthrope (?), E.R. Yorks; educ. Magdalen College, Oxford; convert; Rheims; ordained 1587; English mission, Worcester and Warwick. Condemned for priesthood. Martyred Warwick, 1595.

25 August – ST THOMAS OF HEREFORD, Bishop, Chancellor of Oxford University, Lord Chancellor of England (2 October in Sarum use) b. Hambledon, near Great Marlow, c.1218; educ. Oxford and Paris; Chaplain to Pope Innocent IV; 1262 became Chancellor of Oxford University; 1265 became Lord Chancellor of England; 1275 became Bishop of Hereford and defended rights of his see. Died Montefiascone, Italy, 1282.

28 August – Bl. Hugh More, Martyr, Layman b. Grantham, Lincs; educ. Broadgate’s Hall, Oxford and Gray’s Inn; convert; Rheims. Hanged for being reconciled. Martyred Lincoln’s Inn Fields, 1588.

30 August – Bl. Richard Martin, Martyr, Layman b. Shropshire; educ. Broadgate’s Hall, Oxford. Hanged for harbouring or relieving priests. Martyred Tyburn, 1588.


SEPTEMBER

20 September – Bl. Thomas Johnson, Martyr, Priest, Carthusian Monk of London Charterhouse. Starved to death. Martyred Newgate, 1937.

24 September – Bl. William Spencer, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Gisburn, W.R. Yorkshire; educ. Trinity College, Oxford; convert; Rheims; ordained 1583. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred York, 1589.

St Richard Gwyn, martyred at Wrexham 1584.


OCTOBER

1 October – Bl. Edward Campion (vere Edwards), Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Ludlow, Shropshire; educ. Jesus College, Oxford; after conversion, Rheims; ordained 1587. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Canterbury, 1588.

1 October – Bl. Robert Widmerpool, Martyr, Layman b. Widmerpool, Notts; educ. Gloucester Hall, Oxford; schoolmaster. Hanged for helping a priest. Martyred Canterbury, 1588.

1 October – Bl. Ralph Crockett, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Barton-on-the-Hill, Cheshire; educ. Christ’s College, Cambridge, and Gloucester Hall, Oxford; schoolmaster, Norfolk and Suffolk; Rheims; ordained 1586. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Chichester, 1588.

1 October – Bl. Edward James, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Breaston in parish of Wilne, nr Derby; educ. Derby G.S., and St. John’s College, Oxford; after conversion, Rheims and Rome; ordained 1583. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Chichester, 1588.

5 October – Bl. William Hartley, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Wilne, nr Derby; educ. St. John’s College, Oxford; after conversion, Rheims and Rome; ordained 1583. Condemned for priesthood. Hanged. Martyred Shoreditch, 1588.

5 October – Bl. Robert Sutton, Martyr, Layman b. Kegworth, Leicestershire; educ. Oxford (?); schoolmaster in London; convert. Hanged for being reconciled. Martyred Clarkenwell, 1588.

8 October – Bl. John Adams, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Martinstown, Dorset; educ. Oxford; convert minister; Rheims; ordained 1580. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Tyburn, 1586.

9 October – ST JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, Cong. Orat., Priest, Cardinal Deacon S.R.E. educ. Trinity College, Oxford; fellow Oriel College Oxford; honorary fellow Trinity College, Oxford; Rector Catholic University, Dublin. M.A., B.D., Oxford; D.D. by Papal award. Theologian and scholar. Founder of the English Congregation of the Oratory. Cardinal Deacon of San Giorgio in Valterbo. Beatified by Pope Benedict XVI during his State Visit to Britain, 2010. Canonised by Pope Francis, 2019.

11 October – ST JOHN (THWING) OF BRIDLINGTON, OSA, Priest educ. Oxford; entered Augustinian Canonary, Bridlington; Prior of Bridlington. Died 1379.

17 October – ST RICHARD GWYN (alias White), Martyr, Layman b. Llanidoes, Montgomery; educ. Oxford and St. John’s College, Cambridge; schoolmaster in Flints and Derbyshire; convert. Hung, drawn, and quartered. (Proto-martyr of Wales). Martyred Wrexham, 1584.

19 October – ST FRIDESWIDE OF OXFORD, OSB, Virgin and Abbess Daughter of Didan, prince of district bordering Upper Thames; with divine assistance escaped amorous pursuit and preserved virginity; established miraculous well, St. Margaret’s Church, Binsey; established Benedictine monastery of St. Mary on site of Christ Church; translated to St. Mary’s Abbey; relics defiled during the Reformation, but still extant; patroness of University and City of Oxford. Maxim: “Whoever is not God is nothing”. Died c.735.

30 October – Bl. John Slade, Martyr, Layman of Manston, Dorset (?); educ. New College, Oxford; schoolmaster. Condemned under Act of Supremacy. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Winchester, 1583.

31 October (or 29 or 30 November) – Bl. Edward Burden, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Durham; educ. Corpus Christi College, Oxford; Rheims; ordained 1584. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred York, 1588.

St John Henry Cardinal Newman, Cong. Orat., died 1890.


NOVEMBER

2 November – Bl. John Bodey, Martyr, Layman b. Wells, Somerset; educ. Westminster, and New College, Oxford; after conversion law-student at Douay; schoolmaster. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Andover, 1583.

9 November – Bl. George Napper (Napier), Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Oxford; educ. Corpus Christi College, Oxford; Douay; ordained 1596; English mission, Oxford; Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred OXFORD, 1610.

16 November – ST EDMUND (RICH) OF ABINGDON, Archbishop b. Abingdon, 1180; educ. Oxford and Paris; Professor of Philosophy at Oxford (1219-26); Canon of Salisbury; Archbishop of Canterbury, 1233. Died Pontigny, 1242.

18 November – Bl. John Duns Scotus (“Doctor Subtilis”), OFM b. Scotland, Ireland, or Northern England, 1270; educ. Oxford, Paris, and Cologne; professor in Oxford and possibly Cologne; founder of Scotist school and theologian of Immaculate Conception. Died Cologne, 8 November, 1308.

29 November – Bl. George Errington, Martyr, Layman b. Hurst, near Morpeth, Northumberland; educ. Trinity College, Oxford. Condemned for “persuading to Popery”. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred York, 1596.

30 November – ST CUTHBERT MAYNE, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Yalston, nr Branstaple, Devon; educ. Barnstaple G.S.; St. John’s College, Oxford; convert minister; Douay; ordained 1575; English mission at Golden, Cornwall. Condemned under Act of Supremacy and for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. (Proto-martyr of the Seminaries). Martyred Launceston, 1577.

St Edmund Campion, S.J., martyred at Tyburn 1581.


DECEMBER

1 December – THE BLESSED MARTYRS OF OXFORD UNIVERSITY Feast day celebrating all the martyrs of Oxford University (Extraordinary form calendar of the Diocese of Birmingham).

1 December – Bl. John Beche (vere Marshall), OSB, Martyr, Priest educ. Oxford; Abbot of Colchester. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Colchester, 1539.

1 December – ST EDMUND CAMPION, SJ, Martyr, Priest, Proctor of Oxford University b. London; educ. At Bluecoat School; scholar and fellow of St. John’s College, Oxford; Proctor of Oxford University; after conversion, Douay; admitted S.J. at Rome, 1573; English mission, June 1580 – August 1581. Condemned for fictitious plot in Rome and Flanders. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Tyburn, 1581.

1 December – ST RALPH SHERWINE, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Rodsley, Longford, Derbyshire, 1581; fellow of Exeter College, Oxford; after conversion, Douay and Rome; ordained 1577; English mission, 1578, London. Condemned for fictitious plot in Rome and Flanders. Hung, drawn, and quartered. (Proto-martyr of Ven. English College, Rome). Martyred Tyburn, 1581.

1 December – ST ALEXANDER BRIANT, SJ, Martyr, Seminary Priest b. Somersetshire; educ. Hart Hall, Oxford; Douay; English mission, 1578, London; admitted S.J. in prison. Condemned for fictitious plot in Rome and Flanders. HDQ (aged 25). Martyred Tyburn, 1581.

10 December – ST JOHN ROBERTS, OSB, Martyr, Priest b. Trawsfynydd, Merioneth; educ. St. John’s College, Oxford; convert; Valladolid; admitted OSB in Spain 1604 (Dom Maurus); English mission, London district. Condemned for priesthood. Hung, drawn, and quartered. Martyred Tyburn, 1610.


SERVANTS OF GOD DECLARED ‘VENERABLE’

8 April – Ven. John Goodman, Martyr, Seminary Priest educ. Oxford. Died in prison. Martyred Newgate, 1642.

19 July – Ven. Anthony Brookby (Brorbey), OFM, Martyr, Priest educ. Magdalen College, Oxford. Strangled in prison. Martyred Newgate (?), 1537.

Date uncertain – Ven. John Travers, Martyr, Secular Priest educ. Oxford; M.A., D.D. Executed. Martyred Dublin, 1727.


There are further holy men and women who could be added to the present list; for example, the great Apostle to England Bl. Dominic Barberi or Oxford, Martyrs Bl. Richard Yaxley, Bl. Thomas Belson, and Bl. Humphrey Pritchard.

However, as these were not formally members of the University they have been omitted. Also omitted are a number of medieval alumni, such as Robert Grosseteste, who although being venerated as saints in the middle ages have not had their cults confirmed by Rome.


Reference: The chief work consulted in compilation of this list was “Martyrs of England and Wales 1535-1680: A Chronological List” (London: CTS, 1960). However, in cases where this has proven incomplete or inaccurate other sources have also been utilised.