- Thomas Ford (martyr)
Blessed Thomas Ford (d. 28 May, 1582), a Devonshire native, was a
Catholic martyrexecuted during the reign of Elizabeth I.
He received an MA at Trinity College, Oxford, on July 24, 1567, and became a fellow (one source says president) there. In 1570, he left for the
English College, Douai, and was one of its first three students to be ordained, receiving his orders in March of 1573 in Brussels. [CathEncy|wstitle=Blessed Thomas Ford]
Soon after receiving his
BDin Douai, on May 2, 1576, he left for England. There he became the chaplain of Edward Yateand the Bridgettinenuns who were staying with him in Lyford, Berkshire. On July 17, 1581, he was arrested with St. Edmund Campion. On July 22nd of that same year, he was put in the Tower, where he was tortured.
He was brought to court along with Bl.
John Sherton Novermber 16th with a faked charge of conspiracy. It said he had conspired in places he had never been ( Romeand Rheims), on days he had been in England. Both were condemned on November 21st and executed with Bl. Robert Johnson in May of 1582. All three were beatified in 1889.
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