The Tudor Society

June 19 – A son for Mary, Queen of Scots, and a Jesuit priest is executed

On this day in Tudor history, on 19th June 1566, in Scotland, Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to a baby boy who would grow up to be King James VI of Scotland and King James I of England. He was baptised Charles James though.

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And on this day in 1573, Jesuit priest and former rector of a Lincolnshire parish, Thomas Woodhouse, was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn.

Blessed Thomas Woodhouse was the first priest to be executed in Elizabeth I's reign, and he was beatified in December 1886 by Pope Leo XIII.

When you hear what he said to William Cecil, Lord Burghley, you can understand just why he was seen as a traitor by Burghley and Elizabeth I's government. Not wise words in those times, but he stuck to his faith and principles.

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