Edward Stransham (born at Oxford about 1554; executed at Tyburn, 21 January 1586) was an English Roman Catholic priest. He is a Catholic martyr, beatified in 1929.


He was educated at St. John's College, Oxford, becoming B.A. in 1575-6. Hearrived at Douai College in 1577, and went with the college to Reims in 1578. At this point he came back to England, because of illness.

In 1579, however, he returned to Reims, and was ordained priest at Soissons in Dec., 1580. He left for England, 30 June 1581, with his fellow priest Nicholas Woodfen, of London Diocese, ordained priest at Reims, 25 March 1581.

In 1583 Stransham came back to Reims with twelve Oxford converts. After five months there he went to Paris, where he remained about eighteen months at death's door from consumption.

He was arrested in Bishopgate Street Without, London, 17 July 1585, while saying Mass, and was condemned at the next assizes for being a priest.


  • Wainewright in Downside Review (1911)

This article incorporates text from the entry Venerable Edward Stransham in Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913, a publication now in the public domain.

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