Worked as a cook at Douay College. Entered the English College at Valladolid on 28 April 1590 where he became a Jesuit lay brother. Ill health forced him to leave college and return to England. Along the way he was captured by Dutch heretics; he stood up to them and explained their errors. Finally landed in England on 9 March 1598.
Servant and assistant to Blessed Edward Oldcorne. Arrested on 23 January 1606 at Hindlip House, near Worcester, England in connection with the Gunpowder Plot, and for the crime of helping a priest. Transferred to the Tower of London on 3 February 1606 along with Father Garnet and Saint Nicholas Owen. Tortured for information on other Catholics and for the hiding places of priests. When they could get no information from him, he was transferred to Worcester, and condemned for his faith. Martyr.
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- Book of Saints, by the Monks of Ramsgate
- Catholic Encyclopedia
- Gunpowder Plot Society
- Hagiography Circle
- Katherine Rabenstein
- Martirologio Romano, 2005 edition
- Our Sunday Visitor’s Encyclopedia of Saints
- Santi e Beati
- “Blessed Ralph Ashley“. Saints.SQPN.com. 15 March 2014. Web. 19 April 2014. <>