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Blessed George Douglas

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memorial
9 September; 22 November as one of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales
Profile
Studied in Paris, France. Priest. Ministered to covert Catholics in England. Arrested in York and martyred for the crime of being a priest. One of the Martyrs of England, Scotland, and Wales.
Born
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died
hanged, drawn, and quartered in 1587 in York, England
Name Meaning
from the dark water (Scottish Gaelic)
Venerated
10 November 1986 by Pope John Paul II
Beatified
22 November 1987 by Pope John Paul II
Canonized
pending
Print References
Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints

George Douglas was born in Edinburgh, the son of John Douglas, Burgess of Edinburgh; he was a Douglas of Bonjedward. His uncle was the Protestant Archbishop of St Andrews, John Douglas.

 

In his earlier years, George Douglas, of Edinburgh, Scotland, worked as a schoolmaster in the English county of Rutland. He subsequently journeyed overseas to Paris, where he studied for the priesthood and was ordained. There are uncertainties in the biographical details of his life, including the specific year of his ordination. He may have been a member of a religious congregation, perhaps the Franciscan Order, but this cannot be established. Father Douglas came to England about ten years after his ordination to serve the country’s Catholics persecuted under Queen Elizabeth I. It was while labouring thus that he was arrested a first time, but was thereafter released. He was arrested a second time at Ripon in the northern county of Yorkshire. Father Douglas was sentenced to death for “persuading to popery,” that is, for winning converts to the Catholic faith. At York he was executed by drawing and quartering, manifesting great fortitude during his torments.

 

The execution of priests stopped for ten months in September 1587, the last one being that of George Douglas at York on 9 September.

 

 

 

 

 

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