Welbourne, Thomas, Bl.

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Martyr; b. Hutton Bushel (then Kitenbushel), North Riding, Yorkshire, England; d. hanged, drawn, and quartered at York, Aug. 1, 1605. Little is known of this martyr beyond Bp. Challoner's record that he and John Fulthering "being zealous Catholics, and industrious in exhorting some of their neighbors to embrace the Catholic faith, were upon that account arraigned and condemned to suffer as in cases of high treason (II, 12). Welbourne 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). j. h. pollen, Acts of English Martyrs (London 1891).

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