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Hugh Taylor (priest)

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Hugh Taylor (born at Durham; hanged, drawn, and quartered at York, 25 November 1585) was an English Roman Catholic priest. He is a Catholic martyr, beatified in 1987.


He arrived at Reims on 2 May, 1582, and was ordained a priest. He was sent on the English mission on 27 March, 1585.

He was the first to executed under the Statute 27 Eliz. c. 2., recently passed. On 26 November, Marmaduke Bowes, a married gentleman, was hanged for having harboured him.

Bowes is described by Richard Challoner as of Angram Grange near Appleton in Cleveland, but is not mentioned in the will of Christopher Bowes of Angram Grange, proved on 30 September, 1568, nor in the 1612 pedigree. The sole evidence against him was that of a former tutor to his children, an apostate Catholic. Having been previously imprisoned at York with his wife, he was under bond to appear at the Assizes which, began on 23 November at York, and on his arrival found that Taylor was about to be arraigned. Bowes was a Catholic who had outwardly conformed to the Church of England; he was openly a Catholic before his death.

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

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