Wilcox, Robert, Bl.

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Priest martyr; b. Chester, England; hanged, drawn, and quartered at Canterbury, Oct. 1, 1588. Wilcox studied for the priesthood at Rheims and was ordained April 20, 1585. Within months of arriving (Jan. 7, 1586) in England, he was arrested while ministering in Kent. Following internment in the Marshalsea with BB. Edward campion, Christopher buxton, and Robert Widmerpool, he was executed as a traitor under 27 Elizabeth cap. 2. 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) I, 6163. h. foley, Records of the English Province of the Society of Jesus (London 187782) I, 478, 481. j. morris, ed., The Troubles of Our Catholic Forefathers Related by Themselves, 3 v. (London 187277) III, 39. j. h. pollen, Acts of English Martyrs (London 1891) 327.

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