Middleton, Antony, Bl.

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Priest and martyr; b. Middleton-Tyas, North Riding, Yorkshire, England; d. hanged, drawn, and quartered at Clerkenwell (London), May 6, 1590. Antony was nobly born to Ambrose Middleton of Barnard Castle, Durham, and his wife Cecil Crackenthorpe of Howgill Castle, Westmoreland. He studied theology at the English College, Rheims, France, from 1582 until his ordination on May 30, 1586. He ministered successfully in the environs of London until his arrest in Clerkenwell and execution as a priest. He was beatified 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), I, 16869. j. h. pollen, Acts of English Martyrs (London 1891).

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