After studying at Oxford
University's Trinity College, Edward Burden, of County Durham, England, journeyed to the continent to prepare for the Catholic
priesthood. He was ordained at Douai, France
in 1584 and set out for England two years later. But after spending the following two years serving Catholics in Yorkshire, Father Burden was arrested by the Protestant Elizabethan authorities. While awaiting his fate
in a York prison, he saw a fellow Catholic priest
incarcerated with him, (Blessed) Robert Dalby, led away to be put on trial. Envious of the latter's prospects of imminent martyrdom, Father Burden complained, "Shall I always lie here like a beast while my brother hastens to his reward? Truly, I am unworthy of such glory
as to suffer for Christ." But it was not long before Father Burden was himself tried and condemned to death for his priesthood. On November 29, 1588, he was executed by drawing and quartering at York.