Of the three hundred and fifteen of our Catholic ancestors who sacrificed their lives for the Catholic faith in England and Wales during the religious persecution of the 16th and 17th centuries, twenty six can be considered as “Martyrs of the North” as they were born, laboured or suffered within the confines of Northumberland and Durham. To return to England as a priest was high treason punishable by hanging, drawing and quartering; to shelter a priest was a felony punishable by imprisonment, fines, confiscation of property and in many cases, death. It was only heroes and heroines who could face such ordeals – these are our martyrs. 

Blessed Thomas Plumtree
Blessed Edward Waterson
Blessed William Patenson
St. Henry Morse
Blessed Christopher Bales
Blessed George Gervase
Blessed Richard Hill
Blessed John Hogg
Blessed Richard Holiday
Blessed Edmund Duke
Blessed Richard Thirkeld
Blessed John Fenwick
St. John Boste
Blessed John Ingram
Blessed George Swallowell
Blessed Joseph Lambton
Blessed Thomas Palliser
Blessed John Norton
Blessed Thomas Percy
Blessed Richard Kirkham
Blessed Ralph Corby
Blessed John Duckett
Blessed Edward Burden
Blessed Hugh Taylor
Blessed George Errington 

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Blessed George Errington – Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle

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