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Hugh Latimer

1487 - 1555

Hugh Latimer was born in Leicestershire, the son of a tenant farmer. He never forgot his farming background, which supplied him with apt illustrations in his preaching later.

In hostile times Latimer remained faithful unto death. Standing ready to die at the stake in 1555 he encouraged his fellow martyr Nicholas Ridley with these words, ‘Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace in England as I trust shall never be put out.’