Mementoes of the English Martyrs and Confessors – Venerable Anne Line, 1601

detail of a statue of Saint Anne Line, date and artist unknown; Siant Anne Line Junior School, Basildon, Essex, England; photographed on 13 March 2014 by Caedwalla; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsArticle

A devout widow gentlewoman, she suffered continuous ill health, but her soul was strong. She received the Blessed Sacrament at least weekly, and always with abundance of tears. Her one desire was to win the palm of martyrdom, and she feared much but she would be deprived of it, as very few of her sex had then suffered. The assurance of a former confessor of hers, Blessed Thompson, himself a martyr, and a vision she had of our Lord on the Cross, bid her hope that her desire would be obtained, and she was not deceived. On Candlemas Day, 1601, her house was beset by pursuivants at the very time Mass was beginning, but, as the doors were strongly barred, the priest, Mr. Page, managed to escape, and the house was searched in vain. Mrs. Line, however, was arrested and carried in a chair to the Old Bailey, for she was too weak to walk, and there sentenced to death. At Tyburn she declared, “I am sentenced to death for harbouring a Catholic priest, and so far I am from repenting that I wish I could have entertained a thousand.” She suffered 27 February 1601, before the two priests, Blessed Barkworth and Blessed Filcock, and the former blessed her dead body, saying, they would quickly follow her.

MLA Citation

  • Father Henry Sebastian Bowden. “Venerable Anne Line, 1601”. Mementoes of the English Martyrs and Confessors, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 April 2019. Web. 3 July 2020. <>