Bradford, John (2)
Bradford, John an English martyr in the reign of Mary, was born in Manchester, Lancashire. He was bred a lawyer in Inns of Court, and went to Cambridge a man of maturity and ability, the university by special grace conferring on him the degree of master of arts; his writings and disputings give a sufficient testimony of his learning. "He was a most holy and mortified man, who secretly in his closet would so weep for his sins one would have thought he would never have smiled again; and then appearing in public, he would be so harmlessly pleasant one would think he never wept before." He was martyred in 1555. See Fuller, Worthies of England (ed. Nuttall), 2, 193.