The One Hundred and Five Martyrs of Tyburn – 26 February 1607

Venerable Robert Drury, secular priest

Born in Buckinghamshire, Robert Drury was educated partly at Rheims and partly at Vailadolid, where he received ordination, returning to England in 1593. He fell into the hands of the persecutors about the time that a new Oath of Allegiance was imposed upon Catholics in the reign of James I. This oath is said to have been contrived by Sir Christopher Perkins, a fallen Jesuit, and was worded in such a manner that Catholics could be divided in their opinion as to its lawfulness. It was prohibited by Pope Paul V, and that was enough for Father Drury as for all true Catholics. When condemned to die for remaining in the realm contrary to the statute, he might have saved his life by taking the oath, but chose to sacrifice his life rather than his conscience.

He suffered with great constancy at the age of thirty-nine.

– from The One Hundred and Five Martyrs of Tyburn, by The Nuns of the Convent of Tyburn, 1917