Catholic Encyclopedia – Venerable Richard Sergeant


English martyr, executed at Tyburn, 20 April 1586. He was probably a younger son of Thomas Sergeant of Stone, Gloucestershire, by Katherine, daughter of John Tyre of Hardwick. He took his degree at Oxford (20 Feb., 1570-1), and arrived at the English College, Reims, on 25 July 1581. He was ordained subdeacon at Reims (4 April, 1582), deacon at Soissons (9 June 1582), and priest at Laon (7 April 1583). He said his first Mass on 21 April, and left for England on 10 September. He was indicted at the Old Bailey (17 April 1586) as Richard Lea alias Longe. With him was condemned and suffered Venerable William Thomson, a native of Blackburn, Lancashire, who arrived at the English College, Reims, on 28 May, 1583, and was ordained priest in the Reims cathedral (31 March, 1583-4). Thomson was arrested in the house of Roger Line, husband of the martyr Anne Line in Bishopsgate Saint Without, while saying Mass. Both were executed merely for being priests and coming into the realm.

MLA Citation

  • John B Waineweight. “Venerable Richard Sergeant”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1914. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 November 2016. Web. 24 June 2021. <>