Saint Margaret Clitherow

Also known as

  • Margaret Clitheroe
  • Margaret Middleton
  • Margarita Clitherow
  • Margherita Clitherow
  • Marguerite Clitherow
  • one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales
  • the Pearl of York

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Daughter of Thomas and Jane Middleton, a candle maker and the Sheriff of York for two years. Raised Anglican. Married to John Clitherow, wealthy butcher and chamberlain of the city of York, on 8 July 1571. Converted to Catholicism around 1574. Imprisoned several times for her conversion, for sheltering priests (including her husband’s brother), and for permitting clandestine Masses to be celebrated on her property. During her trial in Tyburn, London, England on 14 March 1586, she refused to answer any of the charges for fear of incriminating her servents and children; both her sons became priests, her daughter a nun.

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God be thanked, I am not worthy of so good a death as this. - Saint Margaret, when advised of her sentence

I die for the love of my Lord Jesu. - Saint Margaret, when asked to confess her crimes before execution

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Margaret Clitherow“. Saints.SQPN.com. 28 August 2014. Web. 23 September 2014. <>