William Rougham

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William Rougham
Died 1393[1]
Alma mater Gonville Hall

William Rougham (undated - 1393) was the second master of Gonville Hall, Cambridge (later Gonville and Caius College) from c. 1360. He had been a fellow of the college since the 1350s and was Bachelor of Medicine by 1366. He was also a priest with livings in the Diocese of Norwich and was personal physician to Henry le Despenser, Bishop of Norwich.[2]

In Susanna Gregory's 2004 book The Hand of Justice, which is set in 1350's Cambridge, there is a physician character known as "William Rougham of Gonville Hall".

Rougham's biggest contribution to the college was the completion of the chapel in 1353[3] which stood as he had left it for 250 years. The east window and one of the side windows contained, according to John Caius, an inscription reading:[1]

Orate pro anima Willm' de Rougham qui fecit istam capellam fieri.

Chapel Window, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Offices Held[edit]

Academic offices
Preceded by
John Colton
Master of Gonville Hall , Cambridge
Succeeded by
Richard Pulham