Christopher Wharton

Christopher Wharton

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  • Name Christopher Wharton 
    Born Middleton, Ilkley, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Mar 1600 – Cause: Executed
    Person ID I18014 Wharton One Name Study
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2017 

    Father Sir Thomas Wharton,   d. c. 1520 
    Mother Agnes Warcop 
    Family ID F4049 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • Christopher Wharton (before 1546 ? 28 March 1600) was an English Roman Catholic priest. He is a Catholic martyr, beatified in 1987.

      Wharton was born at Middleton, Yorkshire, before 1546. He was the second son of Thomas Wharton of Wharton and Agnes Warcop, and younger brother of Thomas Wharton, 1st Baron Wharton.

      He was educated at Trinity College, Oxford, where he graduated M.A., 3 February 1564, and afterwards became a Fellow. During his time at Oxford, he converted to Catholicism. In 1583 he left England entered the English College at Reims to study for the priesthood (28 July). He was ordained priest in the following year 31 March, but continued his studies after ordination till 1586, when on 21 May he left Reims in company with Edward Burden.

      No details of his missionary work have been preserved; but at his trial Baron Savile, the judge, incidentally remarked that he had known him at Oxford some years after 1596. He was finally arrested in 1599 at the house of Eleanor Hunt, a widow, who was arrested with him and confined in York Castle. There, with other Catholic prisoners, he was forcibly taken to hear Protestant sermons. He was brought to trial together with Mrs. Hunt at the Lent Assizes 1600, and both were condemned, the former for high treason, the latter for felony. Both refused life and liberty at the price of conformity. Wharton was executed; Eleanor Hunt died in prison.

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