|BLESSED THOMAS FORD
|Born in Devonshire; died at Tyburn,
28 May, 1582. He incepted M.A. at Trinity College, Oxford, 14 July, 1567, and
was a fellow, Woods says president, of the college. He went to the English
College, Douai, in 1570, and was one of the first three of its students to be
ordained, receiving all orders in March, 1573, at Brussels. After becoming B.D.
at Douai he left for England, 2 May, 1576, and soon became chaplain to Edward
Yate and his Bridgettine guests at Lyford, Berkshire. Arrested with St. Edmund
Campion (q.v.) 17 July, 1581, and committed to the Tower 22 July, he was thrice
tortured. He was brought before the Queen's Bench 16 November, with his fellow
martyr Blessed John Shert, on an absurd charge of conspiracy at Rome and Reims,
where he had never been, on dates when he was in England, and both were
condemned 21 November. With him suffered John Shert and Robert Johnson.
John B. Wainewright
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