Catholic Encyclopedia – Venerable Nicholas Tichborne


Martyr, born at Hartley Mauditt, Hampshire; suffered at Tyburn, London, 24 August 1601. He was a recusant at large in 1592, but by 14 March 1597, had been imprisoned. On that date he gave evidence against various members of his family. Before 3 November 1598, he had obtained his liberty and had effected the release of his brother, Venerable Thomas Tichborne, a prisoner in the Gatehouse, Westminister, by assaulting his keeper. He is to be distinguished from the Nicholas Tichborne who died in Winchester Gaol in 1587.

With him suffered Venerable Thomas Hackshot (born at Mursley, Buckinghamshire), who was condemned on the same charge, viz. that of effecting the escape of the priest Thomas Tichborne. During his long imprisonment in the Gatehouse he was “afflicted with divers torments, which he endured with great courage and fortitude.”

MLA Citation

  • John Wainewright. “Venerable Nicholas Tichborne”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1912. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 December 2018. Web. 6 May 2021. <>