(Blessed) Martyr (December 1) (16th century) A native of Derbyshire who gained a Fellowship at Oxford and was an excellent classical scholar. After his conversion to the Catholic Religion he gave up all his prospects, and in due time received the priesthood. He made a pilgrimage to Rome, and on his return to England was arrested. Queen Elizabeth offered him high preferment if he would turn Protestant; but, on his indignant refusal, had him put to death (A.D. 1581) at the same time as Blessed Edmund Campion, whose blood, which stained the hangman’s hand, Blessed Ralph reverently kissed before laying down his own life.
- Monks of Ramsgate. “Ralph Sherwin”. , 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 November 2016. Web. 27 March 2017. <>