. . . . .More specifically, for any members who are of English, Welsh, Scottish ancestry (ethnicity) and currently living in the UK:
I know that there has been a large number of Irish immigrants in England for decades now, who probably consider themselves to be both English and Catholic, due to their nationality. But I was wondering if there are any non-Irish/non-other immigrant English/Welsh/Scottish people on here who are Catholic and have always been Catholic (ie: not converts)?
If so, I would like to hear a bit about your family backgrounds.
How did your families manage to maintain their Catholic faith uninterrupted throughout the centuries?
Are there any Catholic enclaves in England, where a sizeable portion of the population has held the faith as a minority amidst a Protestant majority? And if so, was there ever any persecution against them, or have they just quietly observed their faith over the generations?
If they were always practicing Catholics, did they tend to keep it to themselves?
I thought I remembered hearing once that Wales had a larger number of Catholics - is that correct? And if so, is that in any way tied to the stories I've heard about shipwrecked survivors of the Spanish Armada (if there is indeed validity to those stories)?
No offense to any Brits of Irish descent - you're welcome to reply as well! - I was just curious about getting the perspective on the history of non-convert ethnic English/Welsh/Scottish Catholics.
(Mods, please remove my post if I put this in the wrong forum :))