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Richard Leigh (martyr)

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Blessed Richard Leigh (c. 1561 – 1588) was an English martyr born in Cambridgeshire. He studied in Reims and Rome and was ordained in Rome in 1586. On his return to England he was arrested in London and banished. He returned to England again and was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1588. He was condemned for being a priest and executed at Tyburn on August 30, 1588, with five others who have been declared venerable: Edward Shelley, Richard Martin, Richard Lloyd, John Roche, and Margaret Ward. Leigh was beatified in 1929.


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