Blessed Lawrence Richardson

Also known as

  • Lawrence Johnson
  • Laurence Richardson



Son of Richard Johnson, Lawrence was born to an ancient landed family known for its piety. Educated at Brasenose College, Oxford. Convert to Catholicism. Seminarian at Douai, France in 1573. Ordained on 23 March 1577. He returned to Lancashire, England in 1578 to minister to covert Catholics, using the name Lawrence Johnson. Arrested in London, in 1581, accused of treason as part of the phony Rheims and Rome Plot. He spent his remaining months chained and abused in the Tower of London. Martyr.


  • Great Crosby, County Lancaster, England




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       London SW1V 1BX, UNITED KINGDOM

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Lawrence Richardson“. 13 April 2014. Web. 2 September 2014. <>