Catholic Encyclopedia – Venerable Robert Nutter


English martyr; born at Burnley, Lancashire, c.1550; executed at Lancaster, 26 July 1600. He entered Brasenose College, Oxford in 1564 or 1565, and, with his brother John, also a martyr, became a student of the English College, Reims. Having been ordained priest, 21 December 1581, he returned to England. On 2 February 1583-4 he was committed to the Tower, where he remained in the pit forty-seven days, wearing irons for forty-three days, and twice subjected to the tortures of “the scavenger’s daughter”. On 10 November 1584, he was again consigned to the pit, where he remained until, on 21 January 1584-5, he, with twenty other priests and one layman, was shipped aboard the “Mary Martin” of Colchester, at Tower Wharf. Landing at Boulogne, 2 February he revisited Rome in July, but, on 30 November, was again committed to prison in London, this time to Newgate, under the alias of Rowley. In 1587 he was removed to the Marshalsea, and thence, in 1589-90, was sent to Wisbech Castle, Cambridgeshire. There, in 1597, he signed a petition to Father Garnet in favour of having a Jesuit superior, but, on 8 November 1598 he and his fellow martyr, Venerable Edward Thwing, with others, besought the pope to institute an archpriest.

MLA Citation

  • John Wainewright. “Venerable Robert Nutter”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 October 2013. Web. 17 December 2018. <>