John was a Yorkshireman, who came from the area
around Leeds and Pudsey. He served as cellarer of Byland from 1522
until his appointment as abbot in 1525. John presided over the
community until the closure of the monasteries by Henry VIII.
In March 1539, John received dispensation to hold a benefice providing
he renounced his monastic standing. John, however, preferred to
retire to the country and live there off his substantial pension.
was remembered in the will of Thomas Metcalf, a former monk of
Byland, who left John his best silver spoon in 1558. When John
made his own will five years later, he did not bequeath any goods
to former members of the monastery although he did leave a vestment
to Calverley parish church and various silver items to William
Calverley, in whose house he lived.(1)