St John Boste

St John Boste, one of the 40 Catholic Martyrs of England and Wales canonised in 1970, must have worshipped in this place, having been born in Dufton. He attended Queen’s College, Oxford and taught at Appleby Grammar School. He came from a family of landowners in the village and the name Boste appears in official records and wills during the 16th Century. He converted to the Roman Catholic Church and was ordained in France but was arrested and put to death at Durham in 1594 for ministering secretly to Catholic families in the county. There are documents which show that in spite of legislation and the efforts of Elizabeth I’s officers there were a number of families in the district who held onto their Roman Catholic faith during the later Tudor period.