Catholic Encyclopedia – Venerable Thomas Tichborne


Born at Hartley, Hampshire, 1567; martyred at Tyburn, London, 20 April 1602. He was educated at Rheims (1584-87) and Rome, where he was ordained on Ascension Day, 17 May 1592. Returning to England on 10 March 1594, he laboured in his native county, where he escaped apprehension till the early part of 1597. He was sent a prisoner to the Gatehouse in London, but in the autumn of 1598 was helped to escape by his brother, Venerable Nicholas Tichborne, and Venerable Thomas Hackshot, who were both martyred shortly afterwards. Betrayed by Atkinson, an apostate priest, he was re-arrested and on 17 April 1602, was brought to trial with Ven. Robert Watkinson (a young Yorkshire man who had been educated at Rome and ordained priest at Douai a month before) and Venerable James Duckett, a London bookseller. On 20 April he was executed with Venerable Robert Watkinson and Venerable Francis Page, S.J. The last named was a convert, of a Middlesex family though born in Antwerp. He had been ordained at Douai in 1600 and received into the Society of Jesus while a prisoner in Newgate. Venerable Thomas Tichborne was in the last stages of consumption when he was martyred.

MLA Citation

  • Edwin Burton. “Venerable Thomas Tichborne”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1914. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 November 2016. Web. 21 February 2019. <>