George Douglas (martyr)

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George Douglas (c. 1540[1]-1587) was one of the Eighty-five martyrs of England and Wales.[2] Born in Edinburgh, he was originally a teacher by profession.[3]

Converting to Catholicism, he travelled to France around 1556[1] where he was ordained a secular priest[4] in Notre Dame, Paris, in 1574- possibly at the testimonial of Mary, Queen of Scots.[1] Returning to the north of England, he was a priest in York,[3] where it seems he was 'apparelled in course canvas dublit and hose,' and in the East Midlands as well.[5] Captured and found guilty in York of 'persuading the Queen's subjects away' from Protestantism,[6] he was executed on 9 September 1587.[3]

He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on 22 November 1987.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Lives of the English martyrs". Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b Matthew Bunson; Margaret Bunson; Pope John Paul II; Stephen Bunson (1999). John Paul II's Book of Saints. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing. pp. 287–. ISBN 978-0-87973-934-8.
  3. ^ a b c Basil Watkins (19 November 2015). The Book of Saints: A Comprehensive Biographical Dictionary. Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 196–. ISBN 978-0-567-66456-3.
  4. ^ "Lives of the English martyrs". Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  5. ^ Thomas, P.V., 'Privy Council And 'Vagarant Runagate' Priests in Elizabethan York,' The Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 69 (1997), 184.
  6. ^ Richard Challoner (1836). Modern British Martyrology: Commencing with the Reformation, A.D. 1535, 26th Henry VIII. to A.D. 1684, 24th Charles II. Keating, Brown. pp. 151–.