Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Borough, John (d.1386)

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BOROUGH, BURGH, or de BURGO, JOHN (d. 1386), divine, was D.D. of Cambridge and rector of Collingham, Nottinghamshire. In July 1384 he was appointed to fill the post of chancellor of his university (Romilly, Graduati Cantabr. p. 362, Cambridge, 1846), after which he returned to his benefice, und died there in 1386 (Pits, De Angliæ Scriptoribus, p. 543; Tanner, Bibl. Brit. p. 113). His works consist of homilies and of a theological treatise, the ‘Oculus Sacerdotis,' which long retained a great popularity; part of it, the ‘Pupillu Oculi de septem Sncrnmuntorum Adininistratione,' was five times printed at Paris and Strassburg between the years 1510 and 1518.

Borough is to be distinguished from another John de Burgo or Burgensis, of Peterborough, a Benedictine, who flourished in 1340 (Bale, v. 62), and who is claimed by Leland (Comm. de Script. Brit. pp. 330 seq., cf. 328) as a chronicler.

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