RUGGE, Francis (1535-1607), of Norwich, Norf.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. 1535, 4th s. of Robert Rugge by Elizabeth, da. of Robert Wood. m. Anne, da. of John Aldrich, ?s.p.

Offices Held

Freeman, Norwich 1563, alderman from c.1570, sheriff 1572-3, mayor 1587-8, 1598-9, 1602-3.


Rugge’s elder brothers became landed gentlemen or clerics, while he inherited his father’s position as a Norwich mercer. He was also left two manors and some money and plate on his father’s death in 1559. As one of the Norwich burgesses in the 1589 Parliament he received wages of 5s. a day, and, on 11 Mar., he could have sat on committees considering the city of Lincoln and salted fish. He was named to the subsidy committee, 11 Feb. 1589. He died 18 Oct. 1607 and was buried in St. Andrew’s, Norwich. His will was proved in the consistory court there in November 1609.

Vis. Norf. (Harl. Soc. xxxii), 229; Blomefield, Norf. iv. 307; H. Le Strange, Norf. Official Lists, 109; Norwich consist. ct. 447 Colman, 121 Turner; Reg. Norwich Freemen, ed. Millican, 101; PCC 27 Tirwhite; Norwich corp. ct. bk. 1587-95, p. 260; D’Ewes, 431, 444, 445.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Roger Virgoe