8 October 1586 – John Adams
John Adams, a Catholic priest, became a martyr when he was executed in 1586.
He was around 40 years of age when he was hanged, drawn and quartered alongside two fellow priests, John Lowe and Robert Dibdale at Tyburn for their faith.
Keeping the faith
This all took place during the English Reformation and consequently at a time when it was deemed a criminal offence to be a Catholic minister.
But all was not lost. The three men were canonised for sticking with the Catholic faith to the torturous end. John Paul II completed their sainthood on November 22, 1987.