Catholic Encyclopedia – Venerable George Beesley


(Also spelled Bisley). Martyr, born at The Hill in Goosnargh parish, Lancaster, England, of an ancient Catholic family; died 2 July 1591. He was ordained priest at the English College at Reims, 14 March 1587, and left for England, 1 November 1588. A man of singular courage, young, strong, and robust, he was captured by Topcliffe late in 1590, and was by his tortured reduced to a skeleton. He endured all with invincible courage and could not be induced to betray his fellow Catholics. He suffered by the statute of 27 Eliz., merely for being a priest, in Fleet Street, London. His last words were “Absit mihi gloriari nisi in Cruce Domini Nostri Jesu Christi” and, after a pause, “Good people, I beseech God to send all felicity”.

MLA Citation

  • Bede Camm. “Venerable George Beesley”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 November 2013. Web. 10 July 2020. <>