Robinson, Christopher, Bl.
ROBINSON, CHRISTOPHER, BL.
Priest, martyr; b. at Woodside (near Carlisle), Cumberland, England; hanged, drawn, and quartered Aug. 19, 1598 at Carlisle. He studied at Rheims (1589–92), where he was ordained (1592) before entering the English Mission. In 1594, he witnessed the condemnation and execution of St. John boste at Durham, of which he has left a graphic account (Catholic Record Society's Publications, v. 1, London 1905, 85–92). He labored primarily in Westmoreland and Cumberland until his arrest and imprisonment at Carlisle. During his confinement, the Protestant Bishop Robinson of Carlisle unsuccessfully engaged him in several disputations in an effort to persuade him to save his life by conforming to the new faith. He 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).
[k. i. rabenstein]