Blessed William Harcourt

Also known as

  • William Barrow
  • William Waring



Studied at the Jesuit College, Saint-Omer, France. Joined the Jesuits at Watten in 1632. Priest. Returned to England in 1644 to minister to covert Catholics. Worked in London for 35 years, using the names William Harcourt and/or William Waring. Jesuit superior for London in 1678. Arrested in May 1678, accused of being part of the Titus Oates Plot; lodged in Newgate prison. He went to trial on 13 June 1679, but since the verdict was already decided, and since the judge announced that no Catholic witness could be believed, he was quickly convicted. Martyr.






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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed William Harcourt“. 13 May 2014. Web. 21 August 2014. <>