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Edmund Sykes

Male - 1587


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  • Name Edmund Sykes  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Mar 1587  York, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I26747  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2020 

    Father James Sykes,   b. of Kirkgate, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 27 May 1577 
    Family ID F15985  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Edmund Sykes, born at Leeds; martyred at York Tyburn 23 March, 1586-7; was a student at the College at Reims where he was ordained 21 Feb., 1581, and sent to the English Mission on 5 June following. He laboured in his native Yorkshire with such zeal and sacrifice, that his strength failed. Arthur Webster, an apostate, took advantage of his illness to betray him, and he was committed to the York Kidcot by the Council of the North. In his weakness he consented to be present at the heretical service but he refused to repeat the act and remained a prisoner. After confinement for about six months, he was again brought before the Council and sentenced to banishment. On 23 Aug., 1585, he was transferred to the Castle of Kingston-upon-Hull, and within a week shipped beyond the seas. He made his way to Rome, where he was entertained at the English College for nine days from 15 April, 1586, his purpose being to atone for his lapse by the pilgrimage, and he also entertained some thoughts of entering religion. There he understood that it was God's will that he should return to the English mission, and reaching Reims on 10 June, he left again for England on 16. After about six months he was betrayed by his brother, to whose house in Wath he had resorted, and was sent a close prisoner to York Castle by the Council. He was arraigned at the Lent Assizes, condemned as a traitor on the score of his priesthood, and on 23 March, 1586-7 was drawn on the hurdle from the castle yard to York Tyburn, where he suffered the death penalty." [Joseph Louis Whitfield, 1912, in the Catholic Encyclopedia]

      The Catholic parish of Blessed Edmund Sykes in Leeds is named after him. He was beatified by John Paul II in 1987.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3604] From the guide to the Papers of the Sykes Family of Sledmere, c. 1300-1928, (Hull University, Brynmor Jones Library).

    2. [S3605] Joan Kirby, "A Man of Property: Richard Sykes, Merchant and Alderman." Northern History 37:71, 2013.

    3. [S3602] "Richard Sykes, gent.", by D. Fluen and R. Path-Fluen.