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John Sugar (Suker) (born at Wombourn, Staffordshire, 1558; executed at Warwick, 16 July 1604) was an English Roman Catholic priest. He is a Catholic martyr, beatified in 1987.


He matriculated at the University of Oxford from St. Mary Hall, 30 October, 1584, and is described as the son of a priest (clerici filius). He left without taking a degree, it is said because he disliked the Oath of Supremacy; but it appears that he acted as a Protestant minister at Cannock, Staffordshire, for some time.

He was ordained priest from the English College, Douai (1601), and sent on the mission the same year. He was arrested 8 July, 1603, at Rowington, Warwickshire, with Robert Grissold, a native of Rowington (in the service of Mr. Sheldon of Broadway, Worcestershire), who was in attendance on him. After a year's imprisonment at Warwick they were condemned there 14 July, Sugar for being a priest, and Grissold for assisting him. Sugar was cut down before he was fully dead. Grissold was offered his life if he would promise to conform to the Church of England.


  • Richard Challoner, Missionary Priests, II, nos. 135, 136;
  • Foster, Alumni Oxonienses (Oxford, 1892);
  • Knox, Douay Diaries (London, 1878), 17, 32;
  • Pollen, Acts of the English Martyrs (London, 1891), 321.

This article incorporates text from the entry Venerable John Sugar in Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913, a publication now in the public domain.

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