Today, I will write briefly about a Benedictine monk, Henry Forest. In 1529, only two years after Patrick Hamilton’s death, Mr. Forest began to make it known that he agreed with much of what Hamilton believed in regard to Scripture and theology. It didn’t take long for Archbishop James Beaton to catch wind of this, and of course, he was not pleased. Immediately, Beaton had Forest thrown into prison. The archbishop then conspired with a friar to acquire a confession from Mr. Forest. When the friar approached him in prison, Forest spoke openly during his confession as he was under the impression it would be kept confidential as the confessional practice was intended. Unfortunately, Henry Forest was deceived. The friar reported back to Archbishop Beaton just as he had been ordered. During his confession Henry affirmed that he thought Patrick Hamilton was a good man proclaiming the truth of Scripture. Regrettably, the archbishop used Henry’s confession to seal his fate. His crime was heresy and his sentence was death by fire.
However, there was a small kink in Archbishop Beaton’s plans. Henry Forest was recognized among the people as a Godly and good man, thus Beaton knew his execution would not be well received. Together with his servants it was decided Henry should be dealt with some somewhere hidden. The final plan of action was to suffocate Henry Forest with a pillow in a cellar, away from the public eye.