Former fellow of the two Saint Mary Winton colleges. Priest. First holder of the Wykehamical prebend “Bursalis” at the Chichester Cathedral. Obtained a dispensation from residence, and was living as a Benedictine monk at Reading, Berkshire, England in 1532. Believed to have hidden the hand of Saint Anastasius, a relic housed in the cathedral, when the king‘s men seized the relics in the Reading abbey, and which was rediscovered during renovations in 1786. For this, and for denying the king‘s as head of the Church, he was executed. Martyr.
- dragged through the streets, hanged, drawn, and quartered on 15 November 1539 at the main abbey gateway in Reading, Berkshire, England
- body left to rot in his chains as a warning for others
- body removed by locals and buried first at Bere Court
- relics re-interred in the 16th century
- “Blessed John Rugg“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 November 2010. Web. 6 May 2015. <>