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GOUGH, JOHN (fl. 1570), divine, who seems not to have been of any university, was ordained deacon by Grindal, bishop of London, 14 Jan. 1559–60. On 15 Nov. 1560 he was admitted rector of St. Peter, Cornhill, London, of which he was deprived for nonconformity in 1567. He published ‘A Godly Boke wherein is conteyned certayne fruitefull, godlye, and necessarye Rules to bee exercised & put in practise by all Christes Souldiers lyvnge in the campe of this worlde,’ 8vo, London, 1561, also a ‘Sermon’ preached in the Tower of London 15 Jan. 1570, to which John Feckenham, sometime abbot of Westminster [q. v.], published ‘Objections,’ which produced an answer from Gough and from Laurence Tomson.

He is to be distinguished from John Gough (d. 1545?), a Cambridge man (B.A. 1524–5, M.A. 1528, B.D. 1535, D.D. 1537), who, on the erection of the cathedral church of Bristol, by charter 4 June 1542, was constituted one of the canons. He revised and edited with a preface, under the title of ‘The Core of Holy Scripture,’ 8vo, 1540, the prologue to Wycliffe's translation of the Bible.

[Cooper's Athenæ Cantabr. i. 536.]

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