Thomas Sprott

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Blessed Thomas Sprott (died 1600), also spelled Thomas Spratt, was an English martyr.

Biography

He was born at Skelsmergh, near Kendal in Westmorland; suffered at Lincoln with Thomas Hunt on 11 July 1600. Sprott was ordained priest at Douai College in northern France, in 1596, was sent on the English mission that same year, and signed the letter to the pope, dated 8 November 1598, in favour of the institution in England of the archpriest.

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