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A brief overview of some of London’s execution sites, c.1600-18

London’s long history of execution predates the most famous hanging site at Tyburn, but it was this site that during the seventeenth and eighteenth century became synonymous with sentence of death. The earliest record of an execution at Tyburn dates...
From: We-hang-out-a-lot-in-cemeteries on 14 Dec 2019

Depictions of women in woodcuts for criminal biographies

Throughout the early modern period little care was taken in presenting realistically identifiable women on the front of pamphlet literature, especially those pamphlets that depict female criminals. This is apparent in the ‘Life’ of Catherine...
From: We-hang-out-a-lot-in-cemeteries on 21 Nov 2018

Blessed John Nelson, SJ and the Trees of Tyburn

According to the Jesuit Curia in Rome, today's martyr was not only a late vocation to the priesthood (after age 40) but a late joiner of the Society of Jesus too: John Nelson (1535-1578) became a Jesuit in prison just before he was martyred. A man of...

William Parsons: 18th Century highwayman, swindler and rogue

When the sun of my life is in its zenith, and I should be expected to shine in meridian lustre, behold me, like a fair opening flower, blasted by a Southern wind. See me, in a shattered bark, ready to launch in a tempestuous Sea; no chart to guide, no...
From: All Things Georgian on 23 Jul 2015

The Fortnight for Freedom: Blessed Thomas Maxfield

A martyrdom in London during James I's reign was an event with international implications--the Spanish ambassadors were quite active around this time in pursuing pardons or even exile (knowing the priest would very likely return). Blessed Thomas...

May 30, Tyburn Tree in 1582 and 1612

Saint Luke Kirby, Blessed William Filby, Blessed Lawrence Johnson, and Blessed Thomas Cottam SJ, four priests and martyrs suffered at Tyburn Tree on May 30, 1562.  More about them here.Thirty years after St. Luke Kirby and his companions suffered...

St. Edmund Campion and the "Magna Carta"

Joanna Bogle highlighted the annual Tyburn Lecture on her blog and provided a link to a synopsis of the lecture, which focused on how St. Edmund Campion cited the Magna Carta in his defense at trial for Treason in 1581:The lecture gave a legal analysis...

Blessed George Haydock and Companions

Blesseds George Haydock, James Fenn, Thomas Hemerford, John Nutter, and John Mundyn were all executed at Tyburn on the charge of conspiring against Elizabeth  on February 12, 1584.What of course truly sealed Father Haydock's fate was his...

William Wynne Ryland – Hanged for Forgery

William Wynne Ryland by D.P. Pariset, after Pierre-Étienne Falconet stipple engraving, circa 1768-176,  8 1/2 in. x 5 3/4 in. (216 mm x 146 mm) plate size; 11 1/2 in. x 8 1/4 in. (292 mm x 210 mm) paper size acquired Martin Collection, 1861 Courtesy...
From: All Things Georgian on 10 Feb 2015

Blessed William Patenson, priest and martyr

According to the Tyburn Convent:He was a native of Durham and became an alumnus and priest of Douai College during its residence at Rheims, and was sent on the English mission a year after his ordination. He came to London to seek counsel in order to...

The Price of Beauty in the Seventeenth Century - Jessica Cale

Maybe She’s Born With It (Maybe It’s Lead!) Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland by John Michael Wright So many seventeenth-century portraits feature women with smooth, perfectly white complexions. The paint used in the portraits...
From: Hoydens and Firebrands on 4 Jan 2015

The 1791 Great Mail Robberies

On the 4th April, 1792, Spence Broughton, formerly a Lincolnshire farmer, swung at York Tyburn for committing highway robbery.   On the 29th January, 1791, together with a man named John Oxley or Oxen and with financial backing from a Thomas Shaw...
From: All Things Georgian on 13 Nov 2014

July 1, 1616 and 1681: Two Martyrdoms at Tyburn

July 1, 1616: A martyrdom in London during James I's reign was an event with international implications--the Spanish ambassadors were quite active around this time in pursuing pardons or even exile (knowing the priest would very likely return). Blessed...

Notable Deaths... Jonathan Wild, Thief-Taker General

Jonathan Wild (Wolverhampton, England, 1682/3 – London, England, 24th May 1725) Our notorious guest today is a man whom we have met before, a supporting player in the tale I told last year of Joseph "Blueskin" Blake. Today though, on the anniversary...

The Execution of the Queen's Lovers

On this day in history, 10 December 1541, the alleged lovers of Queen Katherine Howard were put to death at Tyburn: Francis Dereham and Thomas Culpeper. Culpeper was first beheaded, before Dereham suffered the excruciatingly painful death of hanging,...
From: Conor Byrne on 10 Dec 2013

December 1, 1581: The Martyrdoms of Campion, Briant, and Sherwin

Today, of course, is the First Sunday of Advent, but it is also the anniversary of the 1581 executions of  St. Edmund Campion, SJ; St. Alexander Briant, SJ, and St. Ralph Sherwin. St. Edmund Campion was born on January 25, 1540 in London,...

Two Martyrs (in 1616 and 1681) on the Son Rise Morning Show

I'll be on much earlier than usual on the Son Rise Morning Show today to discuss two martyrs (Blessed Thomas Maxfield and St. Oliver Plunkett)--at 7:20 a.m. Eastern/6:20 a.m.Central:July 1, 1616: A martyrdom in London during James I's reign was an event...

St. John Southworth, Martyr of Westminster

Father John Southworth came from a Lancashire family who lived at Samlesbury Hall. They chose to pay heavy fines rather than give up the Catholic faith. He studied at the English College in Douai, now in northern France, (and then moved to Hertfordshire,...

Execution of Anne Line and Companions, February 27, 1601

I will be on the Son Rise Morning Show this morning (7:45 a.m. EST/6:45 a.m. CST) to discuss today's martyrs and the scene at Tyburn on Feburary 27, 1601, when St. Anne Line was hung and then Blessed Mark Barkworth, OSB and Blessed Roger Filcock were...

Cold January Mornings, January 21, 1586 and 1642

The facts:~Blessed Edward Stransham, priest and martyr--A native of Oxford, born about 1554, earning his BA from St. John's College in 1575-76. Then he went to Douai in 1577 and Reims in 1578. Because he was ill he returned to England to recuperate;...

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