Blessed John Ingram

Blessed John Ingram; swiped from Santi e BeatiMemorial


Son of Anthony Ingram of Wolford, Warwickshire, and Dorothy, daughter of Sir John Hungerford. Educated at Worcestershire and the New College, Oxford, England. Adult convert to Catholicism. Continued his education at the English College, Rheims, France; the Jesuit College, Pont-a-Mousson, France; and the English College, Rome, France. Ordained at Rome in 1589.

Missioner to Scotland in early 1592 supported by Lords Huntly, Angus, and Erroll, the Abbot of Dumbries, and Sir Walter Lindsay of Balgavies. Arrested on the Tyne River for his faith on 25 November 1593. Imprisoned at Berwick, Durgam, York, and the Tower of London. Tortured in the Tower for the names of other “traitorous” Catholics, he gave away nothing, ministered to and encouraged his fellow prisoners, and still wrote 20 Latin epigrams that have survived.

Relayed north again through prisons at York, Newcastle, and Durgan. Convicted, with Saint John Boste and Saint George Swallowell (the other two Durham Martyrs), for the high crime of priesthood. Some one in Scotland offered the English government 1,000 crowns as ransom for his life, but it was declined, and he was executed.





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  • “Blessed John Ingram“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 June 2018. Web. 18 April 2021. <>