Catholic Encyclopedia – Venerable John Adams


Priest, martyred at Tyburn, 8 October 1586. He had been a Protestant minister, but being converted, went to Reims in 1579, where he was ordained a priest. He returned to England in March, 1581. Father William Warford, who knew him personally, described him as a man of “about forty years of age, of average height, with a dark beard, a sprightly look and black eyes. He was a very good controversialist, straightforward, very pious, and pre-eminently a man of hard work. He laboured very strenuously at Winchester and in Hampshire, where he helped many, especially of the poorer classes.” Imprisoned in 1584, he was banished with seventy-two other priests in 1585; but having returned was again arrested, and executed, with two others, Venerable John Lowe and Venerable Robert Dibdale.

MLA Citation

  • Patrick W F Ryan. “Venerable John Adams”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1907. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 October 2018. Web. 19 December 2018. <>