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5 December 1612 – Saint John Almond

Posted in Death penalty, Hanged, drawn & quartered with tags , , , , , on December 5 by Old Sparky

Saint John Almond was one of 40 Martyrs of England and Wales.

He was hanged, drawn and quartered aged 35, in Tyburn, London, for the crime of being a priest. He riled the anti-Catholics, rife at the time, with his effective arguments.

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20 September 1586 – Chidiock (Charles) Tichborne

Posted in Death penalty, Hanged, drawn & quartered with tags , , , , on September 20 by Old Sparky

Chidiock (Charles) Tichborne has his bowels rudely removed while still alive during a veritable massacre today in 1586.

The Roman Catholic poet was had up for conspiracy after he was found guilty of plotting to overthrow Elizabeth I in favour of catholic Mary Queen of Scotts in the infamous Babington Plot of June 1586.

The 28-year-old was banged up in the Tower of London and his execution took place a mere couple of days later alongside six others, including main man Anthony Babington, on their very own customised gallows in London’s St Giles Field.

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1 July 1681 – Saint Oliver Plunkett

Posted in Death penalty, Hanged, drawn & quartered with tags , , , , on July 1 by Old Sparky

Saint Oliver PlunkettArchbishop Plunkett remained poised and calm to the last, even forgiving those responsible for his death…right before he was hanged, drawn and quartered.

Plunkett’s junket

Born in Ireland in the early part of the seventeenth century, Oliver studied to enter the priesthood in Rome. When religious turmoil made it impossible for him to return to his native land he stayed on in the safe confines of Italy teaching and spreading the word of God.

As the persecution intensified Plunkett was forced into hiding and he battled against ill-health and the pressures of being on the run, while desperately trying not to neglect his flock.

Road to martyrdom

When he was eventually arrested on charges of treason, the government of the day failed to get the guilty verdict they were after. So, they bundled Plunkett off to London for another day in court.

While he was not given enough time to call his own witnesses from Ireland, the prosecution was able to find several people who were prepared to fabricate evidence against him.

Naturally, as a result of such a skewed trial, the 51-year-old was condemned to die at Tyburn, the last Catholic martyr to die on English soil. He was sainted as recently as 1992, by Pope John Paul II.

Also on this day

1 July 1997 – Harold McQueen

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15 March 1766 – Nicholas Sheehy

Posted in Death penalty, Hanged, drawn & quartered with tags , , , , , on March 15 by Old Sparky

Amid the bleak years of the Irish potato famine, Catholic priest, Nicholas Sheehy stood up to British rule and the unfair way in which tenants were evicted from their lands.

His outspoken defence of his fellow man led to the Brits slapping a hefty price on his head – a whopping £300 in old money…or enough to buy two second-hand Xboxes on eBay to you.

Good times

Obviously not wanting to be chased round by a load of Boba Fett wannabes, he handed himself in on the proviso that he was tried in Dublin. His wish was granted and as luck would have it Sheehy was acquitted of the treason for which he stood charge.

However, you wouldn’t be reading this here today if it was that easy, and those dastardly authorities slapped a murder charge on him before he’d even had a chance to celebrate.

Bad times

He was apparently accused of killing an informer, one John Bridge and a whole heap of fabricated evidence, false testimonies and dodgy witnesses emerged. Stitched up good and proper, and with no fighting chance of a reprieve, Sheehy resigned himself to his fate.

Sheehy was found guilty and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered – a sentence carried out at Clonmel on this day, in 1766.

When his severed head was skewered on to a spike, legend tells that even the birds wouldn’t peck at his remains out of respect.

After 10 years on display, or even 20 according to some reports, what was left of Sheehy’s head was handed to his sister (she must have been delighted!), who lovingly laid it to rest with all his other decaying bits and pieces.

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