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

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Born at Burnley, Lancashire, educated at Oxford, he became a Catholic and was ordained at Rheims, and embarked for the English Mission in 1582. Being taken ill of a violent fever, he was put ashore at Dunwich, Suffolk. The ship shortly afterwards foundered, and a minister, in search of booty from the wreck, to his disappointment secured only a bag containing Catholic books. These, however, raised suspicions that the sick man was a priest. Father Nutter was apprehended, fettered, and clogged, and, notwithstanding his weakness and pains, conveyed over rugged ways in a jolting wagon to London. At the Marshalsea he recovered his health and toiled indefatigably for his fellow-prisoners. His success was great, but his apparent failures were even more remarkable. However stubborn or perverse a soul might prove, he never would despond nor desist, but persevered with prayers and instructions till grace conquered. There was one with whom the man of God took much pains who proved obdurate to the end; yet the spectacle of the martyr’s death so moved him that he resolved to live in that Church for which the holy priest had died with such constancy. Father Nutter was executed at Tyburn, 12 February 1584.

MLA Citation

  • Father Henry Sebastian Bowden. “Venerable John Nutter, Priest, 1584”. Mementoes of the English Martyrs and Confessors, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 April 2019. Web. 30 July 2021. <>