The One Hundred and Five Martyrs of Tyburn – 24 January 1679

Venerable William Ireland, priest, SJ
Venerable John Grove, layman

Venerable William Ireland was born in Lincolnshire and brought up at Saint Omer’s. He entered the Society of Jesus at the age of 19. He had the reputation of possessing a wonderful calm and evenness of mind on all occasions. On returning to England, he was apprehended on the first breaking out of the Titus Oates Plot, and suffered much from the loathsomeness of the prison and the weight of his iron chains. He was brought to trial with several others, including John Grove, a layman employed as a servant by the English Jesuits in their business about town.

Oates and Bedloe swore that Father Ireland had been present at a consultation held in August for killing the King, although the priest brought many to witness he was in Staffordshire at the time. Oates and Bedloe also swore that Grove was appointed to shoot the King, for which deed he was to receive a preposterous amount of money. On Friday, the 24th of January, the martyrs were drawn from Newgate to Tyburn, and were abused and pelted by the mob all the way. They endured every insult with cheerful patience, and died forgiving those who were guilty of their blood, and praying for their King and Country.

– from The One Hundred and Five Martyrs of Tyburn, by The Nuns of the Convent of Tyburn, 1917