Stijntgen Vercoilgen (d. 1569)
Stijntgen Vercoilgen, an Anabaptist martyr, burned at the stake on 22 April 1569, at Kortrijk (Courtrai) in Flanders, Belgium. Van Braght's Martyrs' Mirror erroneously gives 9 March 1569, as the execution date. The official name of this martyr was Josyne Andries (dochter), wife of Rougier van Quoilge. Although she had wanted to join the Mennonite congregation of Kortrijk since 1567, she was not baptized until the end of 1568. She was tortured on 1 March 1569, but remained steadfast, and refused to name her fellow members. Though information is scarce, we may conclude that this martyr was well-to-do, since her property was confiscated. During the execution special measures were taken to guard the site, apparently because the magistrates feared intervention from sympathizing spectators.
Braght, Thieleman J. van. Het Bloedigh Tooneel of Martelaers Spiegel der Doops-gesinde of Weereloose Christenen, Die om 't getuygenis van Jesus haren Salighmaker geleden hebben ende gedood zijn van Christi tijd of tot desen tijd toe. Den Tweeden Druk. Amsterdam: Hieronymus Sweerts, …, 1685. Part II: 388.
Braght, Thieleman J. van. The Bloody Theatre or Martyrs' Mirror of the Defenseless Christians Who Baptized Only upon Confession of Faith and Who Suffered and Died for the Testimony of Jesus Their Saviour . . . to the Year A.D. 1660. Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1951: 740. Available online at: http://www.homecomers.org/mirror/index.htm.
Verheyden, A. L. E. Le Martyrologe Courtraisien et la Martyrologe Bruxellois. Vilvorde: R. Allecourt, 1950: 38, No. 21.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 633. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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