New Catholic Dictionary – Blessed Hugh Faringdon

photograph of a stained glass window of Saint Hugh from the Saint Meinrad Abbey, Saint Meinrad, Indiana, USA; thanks to Shawn Henderson; pray for his vocationAlso known as

  • Blessed Hugh Cook


Martyr, born Faringdon, Berkshire, England; died Reading, England, 1539. Although he was usually called Faringdon, he bore the arms of Cook of Kent. Elected abbot of Reading, 1520, he enjoyed the special favor and friendship of Henry VIII. He served as a royal chaplain, sat in Parliament, and sang the requiem and dirge for Queen Jane Seymour. Refusing to surrender his abbey, he was accused of high treason and put to death with the priests, John Rugg and John Eynon. Beatified, 1895.

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Hugh Faringdon”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 May 2016. Web. 7 March 2021. <>