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The Tudor Society

December 22 – The burnings of Protestant Martyrs John Rough and Margaret Mearing

On this day in Tudor history, 22nd December 1557, in the reign of Queen Mary I, Protestants John Rough and Margaret Mearing were burnt at the stake at Smithfield for heresy.

Scot John Rough had excommunicated Margaret Mearing from his congregation, believing her to be a spy. She wasn't, and she ended up being arrested after she tried to confront the real spy.

Find out about John Rough's life, his link to John Knox, what brought him to England, how he came to be arrested, and what happened with Margaret Mearing...

John Foxe's account can be read at https://www.dhi.ac.uk/foxe/index.php?realm=text&gototype=modern&edition=1583&pageid=2052

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December 22 – The burnings of Protestant Martyrs John Rough and Margaret Mearing