Blessed Richard Herst

Also known as

  • Richard Hurst
  • Richard Hayhurst



Layman land owner of Preston in Lancaster in the apostolic vicariate of England. During the persecutions of Catholics by King James I, three Protestant subjects were sent to arrest Richard, who was working in his fields at the time. Richard’s farm workers convinced him to run; one of the men sent to arrest him gave chase, fell, broke a leg, and several days later died as a result of the injury; Richard was charged with his murder. He was offered his freedom if he would swear allegience to the king as head of the Church, and become a Protestant; he declined. Martyr.





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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Richard Herst“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 January 2018. Web. 22 January 2020. <>