Bathe, John (DNB00)

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BATHE, JOHN (1610–1649), jesuit, born at Drogheda in 1610, was son of Christopher Bathe, mayor of that town, and his wife, Catherine Warine. He studied at the English Jesuit College at Seville, and was ordained in Spain. After spending a year as confessor at Drogheda, he was admitted in 1638 to the Society of Jesus at Dublin, and sent to the novitiate at Mechlin in the following year. Afterwards he was a missioner in the ‘residence’ of Drogheda. When that town was sacked by the Cromwellian forces, Father Bathe and his brother, a secular priest, were conducted by the soldiers to the market-place and deliberately shot on 16 Aug. 1649.

[Tanner's Societas Jesu usque ad sanguinis et vitæ profusionem militans, 138; Hogan's Cat. of Irish Jesuits, 42; Foley's Records, vii. 41.]

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