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Nicholas Horner (born at Grantley, Yorkshire, England, date of birth unknown; executed at Smithfield, 4 March 1590) was an English Roman Catholic layman, hanged, drawn and quartered because he had relieved and assisted Christopher Bales, a seminary priest. He is a Catholic martyr, beatified in 1987.


He appears to have been following the calling of a tailor in London, when he was arrested on the charge of harbouring Catholic priests. He was kept for a long time in a cell, contracted blood poisoning in one leg, had it amputated.

He was afterwards set free, but when he was again found to be harbouring priests he was convicted of felony, and as he refused to conform to the public worship of the Church of England, was condemned. On the eve of his execution, he had a vision of a crown of glory hanging over his head; the story of this vision was told by him to a friend, who in turn transmitted it by letter to Father Robert Southwell.


This article incorporates text from the entry Nicholas Horner in Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913, a publication now in the public domain.

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