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He was active in Yorkshire. He was arrested in bed very early on Palm Sunday, 1595, at the house of Thomas Watkinson, at Menthorpe in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Someone had seen palms being gathered the night before, and informed John Gates of Howden, the nearest justice of the peace.
Watkinson, an old Catholic yeoman who lived a solitary life, is described by John Cecil as a clerk, so it is possible he was in minor orders. Thorpe was condemned as a traitor for being a Catholic priest, and was hanged, drawn, and quartered. Watkinson, condemned as a felon for harbouring priests, was hanged. He was offered his life if he would go to church.
- Richard Challoner, Missionary Priests, I, no. 86;
- John Hungerford Pollen, English Martyrs, 1584-1603 (London, 1908), 200-2;
- Thomas Francis Knox, Douay Diaries (London, 1878), passim.