Saint John Payne

detail of the bas-relief memorial plaque to Saint John Payne; date unknown, artist unknown; on the wall of Saint Ives Roman Catholic Church, Saint Ives, Cornwall, England; photographed on 2 November 2008 by (aeropagitica); swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • John Pain
  • John Paine



Convert. Studied at Douai, France in 1574. Ordained on 7 April 1576. Returned to Ingatestone, Essex, England, ministering to covert Catholics and bringing many back to the Church. Worked with Saint Cuthbert Mayne. Arrested for his work in 1577, he was exiled to Douai in 1579. Returned to England in 1581 to resume his work. Betrayed by by John Eliot, a known murderer who made a career of denouncing Catholics and priests for bounty, he was arrested in Warwickshire, tortured several times, accused of plotting to kill the queen based solely on Eliot’s testimony, and executed. One of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.





MLA Citation

  • “Saint John Payne“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 May 2020. Web. 6 December 2021. <>