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Ambrose Corbie was born near County Durham, England, the fourth son of Gerald Corbie and his wife, Isabella (née Richardson), recusant/exiled Roman Catholics. Of their children, sons Ambrose, Ralph and Robert, became Jesuit priests (Richard died as a student at Saint-Omer) and their two surviving daughters, Mary and Catherine, became Benedictine nuns in Brussels.
Gerald Corbie entered the Society of Jesus as a lay brother in 1628, having reconciled his own father Ralph (aged 100) to the Church. Gerald Corbie died in Watten, Nord on 17 September 1637. Isabella Corbie was professed a Benedictine at Ghent and died a centenarian on 25 December 1652.
Ambrose, aged 12, entered St-Omer and, in 1622, the Venerable English College in Rome. He entered the Society of Jesus in Watten in 1627, and in 1641 was professed. Having taught with some success for some years at St-Omers, and been minister at Ghent in 1645, he was appointed confessor at the English college, Rome, where he died, aged 44.
His works include:
- Certamen Triplex, etc., the history of the killing of three English Jesuit priests: Thomas Holland, his own brother Ralph Corbie, and Henry Morse (Antwerp, 1645, 12mo), with three engraved portraits; reprinted, Munich, 1646, 12mo); English translation by E. T. Scargill under the title of "The Threefold Conflict" etc.; ed. W. T. Turnbull (London, 1858, 8vo).
- Account of his family; English version in Foley, "Records", III, 64.
- Vita et morte del Fratello Tomaso Stilintono [i.e. Stillington alias Olgethorpe] novitio Inglese della Compagnia de Gesu morto in Messina, 15 Sept., 1617; (manuscript at Stonyhurst College; see Hist. MSS. Comm.)
- Catholic Encyclopedia article
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.