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William Southerne (executed at Newcastle-under-Lyme, 30 April 1618) was an English Roman Catholic priest. He is a Catholic martyr, beatified in 1987.


An alumnus and priest of the English College at Douai, he worked on the English mission mainly at Baswich, near Stafford, which then belonged to a branch of the Fowler family. He was arrested while saying Mass, and committed by a neighboring justice to Stafford gaol.

He was immediately sentenced to death for being a Catholic priest and refusing to take the oath of allegiance. He remained in prison for six days after condemnation, while a hangman was found.

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

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