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The Guernsey Martyrs Memorial.

In the Town of St Peter Port, about halfway up the Tower Hill Steps on the westward wall is a memorial to the Guernsey Protestant martyrs. The memorial was placed there by the church at La Villiaze and was unveilied at a commemoration service held on the Steps on 24th April 1999.

The inscription on the memorial reads:

To the memory of

Katherine Cawches
Guillemine Gilbert
Perotine Massey


All believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, who on, or about 18 July 1556, and near this site, were cruelly burned to death at the stake for their Protestant faith. The latter named was pregnant at the time of martyrdom and gave birth to a son in the flames. The child was retrieved but it was ordered that he be thrown back.

Faithful unto death........Rev 2:16


A small group of Christians from various churhes around the Island gathered together on the Steps to hear Dr. Stephen Scott-Pearson, the General Secretary of The Protestant Alliance, speak about these women (and one baby) who gave their lives in the flames. You can read Dr. Scott-Pearson's article on the Guernsey Martyrs by clicking here.


The fires of persecution under the infamous reign of Queen Mary Tudor were numerous and this little Island of Guernsey did not escape. In the growing fervour, both militant and cruel, all who truly loved the Lord Jesus Christ were in danger. Our martyrs suffered these fires in 1556 somewhere, it is understood, in the area of Tower Hill. They were simple believers, of Huguenot stock, who desired only to worship the Lord in spirit and in truth. They were however under a regime where Romanism was required to be practiced by all the Queen's subjects, or the consequences faced.
These martyrs were amongst that large number that considered not their lives dear and "were slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held." (Rev. 6:9)

Over four centuries later, the mode of persecution and oppression may have changed, but as the hymn writer, H. Bonar wrote
'Twas tribulation ages since, 'Tis tribulation still.

The Bible, the Word of God, puts it clearly and succinctly
"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. " (2 Tim.3: 12)

There is still a fight to be fought, a standard to maintain, a Sovereign Lord to own and uphold and One alone Saviour in our Lord Jesus Christ to proclaim. Know
"That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ."
(1 Pet. 1:7)
Read Dr. Scott-Pearson's article on the Guernsey Martyrs.

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