CHRISTOPHER Robinson, priest and martyr, was a Carlisle man present at the death of
John Boste. He also had been ordained abroad and returned to his native county to
exercise 'a religion under penalty'. It is known that he said Mass at Alston Moor,
at Wetheral, at Thomas Warwick's house at Harraby, and for the Hiltons at Burton
Hall, now in the midst of Warcop firing range. So he served and was harboured by the
'recusant' families along the Eden valley. He was betrayed and taken at Johnby Hall
near Greystoke in ~ and soon after his capture was visited in gaol by Hcnry Robinson,
P'.ovost of Queen's, Oxford, and the followihg year Bishop of Carlisle. There is
a tradition that this was brother speaking to brother. The pain of Christian division
reached into families. He was executed at Carlisle, on hang man’s hill off London
Road close to the turn off for the Hilltop. The pardon granted to Leonard and Margaret
Musgrave for the capital offence of harbouring him contains the only extant docum~ntation
of precisely w'iy he, and all the seminary priests, died - 'quod sacerdos in A.,glia
maneret'; that he came into England as a priest, staying to do his work and take
the consequences the law enjoined.
He is held as Blessed among Cumbria Roman Catholics.
Our Lady and St Joseph's Church, Warwick Square, Carlisle has a sculpture and a booklet
with a full explanation of this man's witness.