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Francis Taylor (martyr)

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Blessed Francis Taylor (c. 1550 - 1621) was a Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland, incarcerated because of his Catholicism.

Born in Swords, County Dublin, he was elected Dublin's mayor in 1595. Later he was imprisoned for his Catholic faith, and died on 29 January 1621, after seven years of refusing to accept his freedom by giving up his religion. Pope John Paul II beatified Taylor on 27 September 1992 ([1]).

A statue of Taylor and his grandmother-in-law, Margaret Ball, who had also died in prison (in 1584), stands outside St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral in Dublin.

See also


Corish and Millett, The Irish Martyrs, December 2004, ISBN 1-85182-858-3 ([2])

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