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Way is frequently confused with others. These include:
- the martyred layman Richard Flower, alias Lloyd, who suffered at Tyburn, 30 September 1588,
- the priest William Wiggs, alias Way, M.A., a notable prisoner at Wisbech, and
- with William Wyggs, M.A., of New College, Oxford.
Way received his first tonsure in the Cathedral of Reims from the Cardinal of Guise on 31 March 1584, and was ordained subdeacon, 22 March; deacon 5 April; and priest 18 September 1586, at Laon, probably by Bishop Valentine Douglas, O.S.B.
Way set out for England on 9 December 1586, and in June 1587, had been imprisoned. He was indicted at Newgate in September, 1588, for being a Roman Catholic priest. He declined to be tried by a secular judge, whereupon the Bishop of London was sent for. Way, refusing to acknowledge him as a bishop or Elizabeth I as head of the Church, was immediately condemned.
He was much given to abstinence and austerity. When he was not among the first of those to be tried at the Sessions in August, he wept and, fearing he had offended God, went at once to confession, "but when he himself was sent for, he had so much joy that he seemed past himself".