Philip Evans and John Lloyd

Philip Evans And John Lloyd

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Saints Philip Evans and John Lloyd were Welsh Roman Catholic priests, who died for their faith. They are both among the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

Titus Oates' 'Plot'

The lives, and deaths of both saints need to be seen against the backdrop of Titus Oates' "plot". Oates concocted a"plot" in which the Anglican King, (Charles the Second) was to be assassinated and his Catholic brother (later, King James the Second) installed as king in his stead.

In the febrile atmosphere of the country the "plot" was credulously believed. However, when Oates' story was examined in detail the story collapsed and Oates was flogged and imprisoned; among the many Catholics caught up in the frenzy were Evans and Lloyd.

Father Philip Evans

This revered martyr was born in Monmouth, 1645, was educated at St Omer he joined the Society of Jesus, 7 September 1665 in Watten, and was ordained at Liège and sent to South Wales as a missionary in 1675.

He was a zealous priest and despite the official anti-Catholic policy no action was taken against him. Then the Oates' scare swept the country and both Father Lloyd and Father Evans were caught up in the aftermath.

In November 1678 a John Arnold, of Llanvihangel Court near Abergavenny, a justice of the peace and hunter of priests, offered a reward of £200 (an enormous sum then) for his arrest. Despite the manifest dangers Father...
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