He was a Catholic convert. In 1591, while Father Edmund Jennings was saying Mass at the house of Swithin Wells in London, the pursuivant Topcliffe and his assistants broke into the house just at the moment of consecration. On this account alone, their entrance into the room was obstructed by some of the male members of the congregation, including Sydney Hodgson, until the conclusion of the Mass; these gentlemen then surrendered themselves.
Hodgson and the others were brought to trial on 4 December, the charge against him being merely that of receiving and relieving priests, and of being reconciled to the Church of Rome. He was offered his life if he would give some sort of a promise of occasional conformity to the Established Church. He was condemned and executed.
- Joseph Gillow, Bibl. Dict. Eng. Cath. s. v.;
- Richard Challoner, Memoirs (Edinburgh, 1878), I, 180, 190;
- Charles Dodd & M. A. Tierney, Church History, II, 260;
- John Morris, Troubles, 3rd series.