Venerable Polydore Plasden, alias Oliver Palmer, born in 1563, was the son of a London horner. He was educated at Reims and at Rome, where he was ordained priest on 7 December 1586. He remained at Rome for more than a year, and then was at Reims from 8 April till 2 September 1588, when he was sent on the mission. While at Rome he had signed a petition for the retention of the Jesuits as superiors of the English College, but in England he was considered to have suffered injury through their agency. He was captured on 8 November 1591, in London, at Swithin Wells‘s house in Gray’s Inn Fields, where Venerable Edmund Gennings was celebrating Mass. At his execution he acknowledged Elizabeth as his lawful queen, whom he would defend to the best of his power against all her enemies, and he prayed for her and the whole realm, but said that he would rather forfeit a thousand lives than deny or fight against his religion. By the orders of Sir Walter Raleigh, he was allowed to hang till he was dead, and the sentence was carried out upon his body.
- Joseph Louis Whitfield. “Venerable Polydore Plasden”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 6 December 2015. Web. 25 April 2017. <>