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Relatio incarcerationis & martyrij P. Ioannis Ogilbei natione Scoti

Author Ogilvie, John [& John Mayne]
Title Relatio incarcerationis & martyrij P. Ioannis Ogilbei natione Scoti
Imprint Constantiae: ex typographaeo Leonhardi Straub.
Date of Publication 1616
Language Latin
Notes This appears to be the second edition of the primary account of the sufferings of John Ogilvie (1580-1615), the Jesuit priest who was hanged for treason in Glasgow, thereby becoming one of the very few Catholic martyrs of the Reformation period. This is his own account of his sufferings, which was continued by John Mayne using the testimony of Ogilvie's fellow-prisoners, and first published at Douai in 1615. The Library has a copy of the first edition at BCL.S165, but the second edition has 7 pages of additional material. This copy has early provenance from German libraries. Born at Drum na Keith, Ogilvie converted to Catholicism and entered the Society of Jesus. Ordained in either 1610 or 1613, he requested to work in Scotland, despite the danger faced by Catholic priests, and particularly Jesuits, when the penalty for saying Mass was death. After a successful ministry in Edinburgh and Glasgow lasting nine months, he was arrested and tortured to reveal the names of other Catholics, being deprived of sleep by being pricked with needles. James VI had offered him the chance of liberation if he would accept the spiritual supremacy of the monarch, but Ogilvie publicly rejected these terms at his trial. He was executed as a traitor on 10 March 1615. St. John Ogilvie was canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1976, the first Scot to be canonised for over 700 years.
Shelfmark RB.s.2309
Reference Sources True Relation of the proceedings against John Ogilvie, Edinburgh: 1615, H.34.c.41
Acquired on 12/08/03
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