Bainham, James

Bainham, James, an English martyr, was a son of Master Bainham, a knight of Gloucestershire. He was a good Greek and Latin scholar, and a very pious man. He was taken andwhipped at the tree, and afterwards sent to the Tower to be racked. After he had thus been tortured, he was brought before the bishop of London and examined, Dec. 15, 1531. Again he was brought before the bishop, Feb. 1, 1532. This examination proved unsatisfactory, and he was again confined in the prison until Feb. 8. Then the sentence of condemnation was given against him, and he was taken to Newgate and burned in Smithfield, April 30, 1532. While in prison he was very cruelly handled: for two weeks he lay in the bishop's coal-house in the stocks, with irons upon his legs; then he was carried to the lord chancellor's house, and there chained to a post for two nights; thence he was carried to Fulton, where he was cruelly handled for a week; then to the Tower, where he lay a fortnight, scourged with whips to make him revoke his opinions. From here he was carried to Barking, previous to his martyrdom. — See Fox, Acts and Monuments, 4:697.

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