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Christopher Robinson (priest)

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Christopher Robinson (born at Woodside, near Westward, Cumberland, date unknown; executed at Carlisle, 19 August 1598) was an English Roman Catholic priest. He is a Catholic martyr, beatified in 1987.


He was admitted to the English College at Reims in 1589, and was ordained priest and sent on the English mission in 1592. Two years later he was a witness of the condemnation and execution of John Boste at Durham, and wrote a graphic account.[1] His labours seem to have been mainly in Cumberland and Westmoreland; but nothing is known about them.

Eventually he was arrested and imprisoned at Carlisle, by John May.[2] May's successor as bishop, Henry Robinson, who may have been a relative, did his best to persuade him to save his life by conforming to the Church of England. He was condemned under 27 Eliz., c. 2, for being a Catholic priest and coming into the realm.

This article incorporates text from the entry Ven. Christopher Robinson in Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913, a publication now in the public domain.


  1. Printed from a seventeenth-century transcript in the first volume of the "Catholic Record Society's Publications" (London, 1905), pp. 85-92.

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