Catholic Encyclopedia – Blessed William Filby


Born in Oxfordshire between 1557 and 1560; suffered at Tyburn, 30 May, 1582. Educated at Lincoln College, Oxford, he was admitted to the seminary at Reims, 12 October, 1579. He was ordained priest at Reims, 25 March, 1581, and shortly after left for the mission. He was arrested in July, committed to the Tower, removed 14 August to the Marshalsea, and thence back to the Tower again. He was sentenced 17 November, and from that date till he died was loaded with manacles. He was also deprived of his bedding for two months. With him suffered three other Beati, Thomas Cottam, Luke Kirby, and Laurence Richardson (vere Johnson).

MLA Citation

  • John B Wainewright. “Blessed William Filby”. Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1914. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 April 2012. Web. 24 June 2021. <>