Catholic Encyclopedia – Venerable Robert Sutton

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Priest, martyr, born at Burton-on-Trent; quartered at Stafford, 27 July 1587. He is not to be confused with the Venerable Robert Sutton, who was a companion of the Venerable William Hartley. He took the degree of M. A. from Christ Church, Oxford, 9 July 1567, and became Rector of Lutterworth, Leicestershire, in 1571, but was converted by his younger brother William, afterwards S.J. With his younger brother Abraham, who matriculated from Hart Hall in 1576, aged 25, he arrived at Douai, 23 March 1575 (1576). They were both ordained subdeacons at Cambrai in September, deacons in December, and priests in the following February; having said their first Masses, 7 March, they left for England, 19 March 1577 (1578). Robert was arrested at Stafford, and condemned merely for being a priest. He was cut down alive. After the lapse of a year Catholics managed to secure one of his quarters, when the thumb and index-finger were found to be intact. Abraham Sutton gave Father John Gerard the thumb, which is now at Stonyhurst College.

MLA Citation

  • John Wainewright. “Venerable Robert Sutton”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1912. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 December 2018. Web. 7 May 2021. <>