John Kemble (link here) son of John Kemble and Anne Morgan, was born at Rhydicar Farm, St Weonards, Herefordshire in 1599. He was ordained priest in 1625 and for 54 years he laboured for the persecuted Catholics of Monmouthshire and Herefordshire. In 1678 Fr Kemble became another innocent victim of the sordid and fabricated Popish Plot (link here) The 80 year old priest was arrested at Pembridge Castle and confined to Hereford Gaol. He was tried for the treason of being a Catholic priest, found guilty and sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered.
|The execution of Fr John Kemble |
(Photo J D Smith)
Fr John Kemble is one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales (link here) canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1970. There is an annual pilgrimage to the Saint's grave and this year's pilgrimage will take place on Sunday, 18th August 2019 at 3 pm at Welsh Newton.