William Filby (born in Oxfordshire, England between 1557 and 1560; executed at Tyburn, 30 May 1582) was an English Roman Catholic priest. He was beatified in 1886.[1]


Educated at Lincoln College, Oxford, he was admitted to the seminary at Reims, 12 October, 1579. He was ordained priest at Reims, 25 March, 1581, and shortly after left for the English mission.

He was arrested in July, committed to the Tower of London, removed 14 August to the Marshalsea, and thence back to the Tower again. He was sentenced 17 November, and from that date till he died was loaded with manacles. He was also deprived of his bedding for two months.

With him died Thomas Cottam, Luke Kirby, and Laurence Richardson.


This article incorporates text from the entry Bl. William Filby in Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913, a publication now in the public domain.

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