Mementoes of the English Martyrs and Confessors – Venerable John Munden, Priest, 1584

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He was born at Maperton, in Dorsetshire, was educated at Oxford, and became a Fellow of New College, 1562. The fact of his being a Catholic, however, getting known, he was deprived of his fellowship in 1566, went abroad to Rheims and to Rome, and returned a priest to England in 1582. About the end of February that year, as he was going up from Winchester to London, he was met on Hounslow Heath by a lawyer, named Hammond, who, knowing him to be a priest, delivered him to the Justices of Staines, who sent him to Sir Francis Walsingham, the Secretary of State. The Secretary inveighed against the Seminarists, the Rheims translations of the New Testament, and questioned him, among other matters, as to whether the Queen was Sovereign both de jure and de facto. To this, on Munden replying that he did not rightly understand these terms, Walsingham gave him a stunning blow on his head. He was then examined by Popham, the Attorney General, who accused him of having led an immoral life in his own country, and loaded him with fresh insults. After a twelve-month’s imprisonment, he suffered with Fathers Haydock, Fenn, Hemerford, and Nutter. Being the last, he helped them by his prayers on earth as they him by theirs in heaven. – 12 February 1584.

MLA Citation

  • Father Henry Sebastian Bowden. “Venerable John Munden, Priest, 1584”. Mementoes of the English Martyrs and Confessors, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 21 April 2019. Web. 4 August 2021. <>