The Catholic Record

LONDON, FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 1978.

LOCAL history is sometimes quite as interesting and curious when brought before our notice, as [...] Such an instance presents itself at the Catholic Parish of Biddulph. The first Catholic who went to reside there was taken by some half dozen Orangemen and carried away to be drowned, so fearful were they, that if they allowed even one "papist" to occupy land in their district more would follow; but he, however escaped. As might be supposed this was an Irishman, and as he and his forefathers had learned how to battle persecution in another land, he determined to stay, and stay he did; and the result is that there are more Catholics in Biddulph to-day than there are Orangemen.

Source: Unknown, "Local History," The Catholic Record, November 22, 1878. Notes: Copy of article in J.J. Talman Regional Collection, University of Western Ontario Archives, Reaney Papers, Box 28 (B1314), File 6.

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