A monk and a scholar of Fountains, John studied
at the Cistercian college at Oxford and,
preferring to continue with his studies, refused the abbacy at Vaudey.
John was later appointed abbot of Waverley and
two years later was elected to the abbacy of his own community
at Fountains. John enjoyed a long
and active abbacy and a number of valuable sources pertaining to
his abbacy survive; a considerable amount is therefore known about
the administration of Fountains at this time. A particularly unfortunate
event was his alleged poisoning by one of the monks of Fountains.