Lockwood, John, Bl.

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Priest, martyr; b. Sowerby, North Riding, Yorkshire, England, c. 1555; d. hanged, drawn, and quartered at York, April 13, 1642. John was the eldest son of Christopher Lockwood and Clare Lascelles of Sowerby and Brackenborough Castle, Yorkshire. He and his brother Francis arrived at Rheims on Nov. 4, 1579. John was immediately sent to Douai to study philosophy. While Francis was ordained in 1587, John did not finish his studies at the English College in Rome until Oct. 4, 1595. He was ordained on Jan. 26, 1597, then sent on the English mission, April 20, 1598. He was arrested several times, imprisoned, and even banished (1610), but managed to minister to his flock for 44 years before he was captured at Wood End, Gatenby, the residence of Bridget Gatenby, and executed with Bl. Edmund catherick. He was beatified by Pius XI on Dec. 15, 1929.

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; repr. Farnborough 1969), II, 168. j. foster, Visitation of Yorkshire (London 1875) 61,549. t. f. knox, First and Second Diaries of English College, Douai (London 1878) 157. j. h. pollen, Acts of English Martyrs (London 1891).

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