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Saint of the Day – 27 February – Blessed William Richardson (1572–1603) English Priest, Martyr.

Saint of the Day – 27 February – Blessed William Richardson (1572–1603) English Priest, Martyr. Born in Yorkshire and died by being hanged, drawn and quartered on 27 February 1603 at Tyburn, London, aged just 31. William owns the dubious honour of being the last Martyr under Elizabeth I’s barbaric policy of murdering Catholics and especially Priests, in this manner. Also known as – William Anderson. He was Beatified on 15 December 1929 by Pope Pius XI.

This Image resides in the Seminary at Valladolid

Richardson was born in the village of Wales, West Riding of Yorkshire., although his father was a Lancashireman who had taken his family to Yorkshire in search of work. William was actually born in the hamlet of Bedgreave. It is believed that William’s father was a Miller at the Medieval Mill which still stands in the area.

We know from the Entry Book at the English Collge at Valladolid in Spain, that William was a convert and was received into the Church by one of the Clergy at Wiesloch, where, at that time, he was working. He studied for the Priesthood at seminaries in Valladolid and then Seville, Spain.

In 1594 William was Ordained and then sent back to England, where he used the alias William Anderson. His apostolate was spent mostly in London, often with Catholics of the Legal Profession at the Inns of the Court. He visited prisons under cover as an ordinary vistor, to take the Sacraments to Catholics imprisoned for their Faith.

But he was betrayed by a trusted person, arrested in London’s Gray’s Inn (an Inn of Court) and imprisoned. He was tried and convicted of being a Catholic Priest, within a week and Martyred by the barbaric act of being hung, drawn and quartered.

Bishop Challoner (Died 1781) tells us that William accepted his death sentence with such constancy and deep faith that he prayed for the his murderer, Elizabeth I in his last prayers. Sadly, we have no knowledge of Blessed William’s resting place. The little Church below dedicated to him is near his birthplace and is apparently well attended in a region listed as of the lowest Church attendance in Europe!

His was the final Martyrdom to take place during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I as she was to die herself one week after William’s entry into life.



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