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John Pibush (born at Thirsk, Yorkshire, England; died at St Thomas's Waterings, Camberwell, 18 February 1601) was an English Catholic priest. He is a Catholic martyr, beatified in 1929.[1]


According to Joseph Gillow he was probably a son of Thomas Pibush, of Great Fencote, and Jane, sister to Peter Danby of Scotton[disambiguation needed]. He came to Reims on 4 August, 1580, received minor orders and subdiaconate in September, and diaconate in December, 1586, and was ordained on 14 March, 1587.

He was sent on the English mission on 3 January, 1588-9, arrested at Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, in 1593, and sent to London, where he arrived before 24 July. The Privy Council committed him to the Gatehouse at Westminster, where he remained a year. He was then tried at the Gloucester Assizes under 27 Eliz., c. 2, for being a priest, but not sentenced, and was returned to Gloucester gaol, whence he escaped on 19 February (1594-5). The next day he was recaptured at Matson and taken back to Gloucester gaol, whence he was sent to the Marshalsea, London, and again tried under the same statute at Westminster on 1 July, 1595.

He was sentenced to suffer the penalties of high treason at St. Thomas's Waterings, and in the meantime was to be returned to the Marshalsea. However, by the end of the year he was in the Queen's Bench prison, where he remained for more than five years. The sentence was carried out after one day's notice.


  • Thomas Francis Knox, Douay Diaries (London, 1878), 169, 179, 198, 212, 214, 222;
  • John Hungerford Pollen, Acts of the English Martyrs (London, 1901), 333-6;
  • English Martyrs, 1584-1603 (London Cath. Rec. Soc., 1908), 337-40;
  • Joseph Gillow, Bibl. Dict. Eng. Cath., s. v.;
  • Richard Challoner, Missionary Priests, I, n. 123;
  • John Roche Dasent, Acts of the Privy Council (London, 1880-1907) xxiv, 421


  1. Paul Burns, Butler's Lives of the Saints, February (2000), p. 198.

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

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