John Cook (1771 - 1824)

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Birthplace: St Andrew's, Fife
Death: Died in St Andrew's
Managed by: Alisdair Smyth
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About John Cook

Biographical Summary

"John Cook, born 24th Nov. 1771, eldest son of John C, Professor of Moral Philosophy, St Andrews; educated at Univ. of St Andrews; M.A. (1788) ; licen. by the Presb. there 19th Sept. 1792 ; ord. to Kilmany 9th May 1793; app. to Chair of Hebrew in Univ. of St Andrews 5th May 1802 ; D.D. (St Andrews, 3rd Sept. 1808); trans, to this Chair 27th Sept. that year ; elected Moderator of the General Assembly 16th May 1816 ; died 28th Nov. 1824. He marr. 2nd July 1803, Elizabeth (died 12th Sept. 1848), daugh. of George Hill, D.D., Principal of St Mary's College, and had issue— Harriet, died 1805 ; Alexander, born 1804, died 1839 ; Janet, born 11th Jan. 1806, died 20th May 1842; John, D.D., professor of Church History, St Andrews, born 1st Sept. 1807 ; George, min. of Kincardine O'Ncil, born 27th March 1809 ; Elizabeth, born 15th Aug. 1812, died at Rome 1878 ; Walter, lieut. Madras Infantry, born 19th Jan. 1815, died 1838 ; Alexander, born 1st May 1821."

SOURCE: Fasti ecclesiae scoticanae: the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the reformation, Vol. VII, page 429-430

John was a Professor of Hebrew and Divinity at St. Andrews University, a man of varied and artistic gifts. At a time when Biblical Criticism was almost unknown in Scotland he wrote "In enquiry into the Books of the New Testament." Guarded and orthodox its views may now seem, yet to venture on such unknown ground was an indication of what was called his "fine sceptical mind."

Source: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=dave1620&id=I276

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Prof. John Cook's Timeline

1771
November 24, 1771
Fife
1803
July 3, 1803
Age 31
Fife
1804
July 11, 1804
Age 32
Fife
1806
January 11, 1806
Age 34
Fife
1807
September 1, 1807
Age 35
St Andrew's
1809
March 27, 1809
Age 37
Fife
1812
August 15, 1812
Age 40
Fife
1815
January 19, 1815
Age 43
Fife
1821
May 1, 1821
Age 49
Fife
1824
November 28, 1824
Age 53
St Andrew's