Barkworth, Mark (DNB00)

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BARKWORTH, or Lambert, MARK (d. 1601), Benedictine monk, a native of Lincolnshire, was converted to the catholic faith at the age of twenty-two, and studied divinity in the English colleges of Rheims and Valladolid. After being admitted to holy orders he was sent to labour on the English mission. He quickly fell into the hands of the persecutors, and having been tried and convicted as a catholic priest unlawfully abiding in England, he was hanged at Tyburn 27 Feb. 1600–1. Roger Filcock, a Jesuit, suffered with him; and Stow records that ‘also the same day, and in the same place, was hanged a gentlewoman, called Mistris Anne Line, for relieving a priest contrary to the same statute.’ Barkworth is claimed by the Benedictine monks as a member of the English congregation of their order, and it is certain that he was drawn to the gallows in the Benedictine habit.

[Challoner's Missionary Priests (1803), i. 210; Oliver's Catholic Collections relating to Cornwall, &c., 497; Weldon's Chronological Notes, 43; Dodd's Church Hist. ii. 72; More's Historia Missionis Anglicanæ Soc. Jesu, 257, 258; Stow's Annales, 794.]

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