Errington, George, Bl.

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Martyr; b. c. 1554 at Hirst (or Herst), Northumberland, England; d. Nov. 29 1596, hanged, drawn, and quartered at York, England. He served as a courier and escort for Catholics traveling between the northeast of England and the Continent, which had to be accomplished furtively. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London from 158587 and at York Castle in 1591 and 159394, but released. When Errington was again arrested for recusancy and imprisoned at York, a Protestant minister came to him, feigning an interest in Catholicism. Errington was tricked into attempting to persuade the minister to convert. For this reason he was condemned with BB. William knight and William gibson for "persuading to popery." Errington was beatified by Pope John Paul II on Nov. 22, 1987 with George Haydock and Companions.

Feast of the English Martyrs: May 4 (England).

See Also: england, scotland, and wales, martyrs of.

Bibliography: r. challoner, Memoirs of Missionary Priests, ed. j. h. pollen (rev. ed. London 1924). j. h. pollen, Acts of English Martyrs (London 1891).

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