Layman, martyred at York, 4 July, 1597, pronounced Venerable in 1886.
His acts are thus related by Challoner:
A certain Protestant minister, for some misdemeanour put into
to reinstate himself in the favour of his superiors,
insinuated himself into the good opinion of the Catholic prisoners,
by pretending a deep sense of repentance, and a great desire
of embracing the Catholic truth . . . So they directed him, after
he was enlarged, to Mr. Henry Abbot, a zealous convert who lived in Holden in the same country,
to procure a priest to reconcile him . . . Mr. Abbot carried him to Carlton
to the house of Esquire Stapleton, but did not succeed in finding a priest.
Soon after, the traitor having got enough to put them all in danger of the
law, accused them to the magistrates . . . They confessed that they had
explained to him the Catholic Faith, and upon this they were all found guilty
and sentenced to die.
The others, Errington
, and Gibson
, were executed on 29 November,
was reprieved till the next July.
The 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia