The One Hundred and Five Martyrs of Tyburn – 27 November 1633


Venerable Arthur Mcgeoghan, priest, O.P.

Having completed his studies in Spain, he was seized when returning to his Province, and cast into prison in London by English heretics. He was brought to trial under a malicious pretext, and condemned to death. At Tyburn he made open profession of being a Catholic and a Dominican, and, with a fearless countenance, met his end praying: “O thou glorious Virgin, Mother of Our God and Saviour, pray to thy Son Jesus Christ to receive my soul.”

He was hanged, and while still alive his limbs were cut asunder.

His judge, Falkland, Viceroy of Ireland, suffered the penalty of the unjust sentence, as he himself was led to acknowledge when his leg was broken in an extraordinary way.

After the martyrdom, an enquiry was held at the wish of Queen Henrietta Maria, the result of which was that Charles I caused placards to be posted, on which it was stated that Father McGeoghan had been unjustly accused and condemned, and those responsible for the crime were held up to scorn.

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