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|Blessed Adrian Fortescue|
|Born||1476, probably Ponsbourne Park, Hertfordshire, England|
|Died||July 9, 1539 (aged 62), Tower Hill, London, England|
|Venerated in||Catholic Church|
|Beatified||13 May 1895 by Pope Leo XIII|
Sir Adrian was the son of Sir John Fortescue of Ponsbourne Park at Newgate Street Village in Hertfordshire, and a cousin of Anne Boleyn's father. He was made a Knight of the Bath in 1503 and participated in England's wars against France in 1513 and 1523. He was made a Knight of the Order of St. John in 1532. Sir Adrian was also a Dominican Tertiary. On 29 August 1534, he was arrested without any stated reason but was freed after a period of months. In 1539, he was one of sixteen people condemned for treason without a trial by Parliament for unspecified acts presumably relating to hostility to Henry VIII's church policies. He was beheaded at the Tower of London on 9 July 1539. His widow married Thomas Parry, Comptroller of the Royal Household.
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