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Blessed William Lacy
Born Yorkshire, England
Died 22 August 1582
York, England
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Feast 22 August

Blessed William Lacy (died 1582) was an English Catholic priest and martyr. He and fellow priest, Richard Kirkman, were executed at York August 22, 1582.


William was born at "Hanton", Yorkshire (probably Houghton or Tosside, West Riding); suffered at York, 22 August 1582. He married a widow, named Cresswell, whose sons, Arthur and Joseph, became Jesuits. Little is related of his family by his biographers. He had a brother Ralph of Preston in Amounderness, a sister Barbara, and nephews (apparently her sons) Robert and William (Cal. S. P., Dom. add. 1566-79, London, 1871, p. 562). He held a position of emolument under the Crown, possibly as coroner, till about 1565. One of this name, probably a relative, was a coroner for the West Riding in 1581-2 (Dasent, "Acts of the Privy Council", xiii, 358).

After fourteen years' persecution for his faith, which included imprisonment at Hull, and after the death of his wife, he went abroad and arrived at Reims, 22 June 1580. On 25 September following he went on to Pont-à-Mousson, and thence to Rome, where, after obtaining a dispensation, he became a priest. The dispensation was necessary before ordination, as Lacy had been married twice, once to a widow. On 10 May 1581, he was at Loreto on his way to England.

He was arrested after a Mass said by Thomas Bell, afterwards an apostate, in York Castle, 22 July 1582. He suffered great hardships, being loaded with heavy irons, confined in an underground dungeon, and subjected to numerous examinations. He was arraigned on 11 August, probably under 13 Eliz. cc. 2 and 3.

Blessed Richard Kirkman
Born Addingham, England
Died 22 August 1582
York, England
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Feast 22 August

Richard Kirkman

Richard Kirkman was a born at Addingham in the West Riding of Yorkshire.[1] He arrived at Douai in 1577 and, after the transference of the English College to Reims. [2] He was ordained subdeacon at Reims, along with Richard Thirkeld, on March 14, 1579, ordained priest on the following Holy Saturday. He said his first Mass in the Abbey Church of the Benedictine nuns of St. Peter's.

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He left for the English mission on August 3, 1579, with Alexander Briant and three others. On his return to England in August he seems to have found a refuge with Robert Dymoke, hereditary Champion of England (died in Lincoln gaol for his faith, 11 September 1580), at Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire. Kirkman was represented as a schoolmaster for Dymoke's sons. He laboured for four years on the English Mission. When Dymoke was arrested on the charge of recusancy, Kirkman fled north. Being questioned as a stranger in those parts, he was eventually arrested near Wakefield on 8 August 1582 by Francis Wortley of Wortley, J.P., and seems to have been arraigned a day or two after under 23 Eliz. c. 1. After condemnation the two priests shared one cell in a turret till 10 August, when Kirkman was removed to an underground dungeon. He was executed August 22, 1582.[3]



  • Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Bl. William Lacy". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Bl. William Lacy". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.

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