Edward Waterson

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Edward Waterson (?? – 7 January 1594 (NS)) was an English Catholic priest and martyr. He served the hidden Catholics in England during the reign of Elizabeth I. Edward was arrested in 1593 and executed at Newcastle upon Tyne. He was beatified in 1929.


Born in London, Waterson was brought up in the Church of England. In 1588, returning from a mercantile trip to Turkey, he stopped in Rome and was brought into the Catholic Church there by Richard Smith. Waterson proceeded to Reims where he was ordained into the priesthood on 11 March 1592.

In summer 1592 Waterson returned to England, where legal restrictions on Catholics were severe, in order to minister to hidden Catholics. Joseph Lambton, a young Catholic priest who was on the same ship, was arrested upon landing, but Waterson escaped.[1] However, he was captured by the authorities in midsummer 1593 and held until just after Christmas (OS), when he was hanged, drawn and quartered, as a traitor. While incarcerated in the Newgate prison, Newcastle, he had attempted to escape by burning down his cell door.[2]



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