Barnabas Goche d.1626

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Barnabas GOCHE or GOOCH d.1626

Biographical Note

Born at Alvingham, Lincolnshire, son of Barnaby Goche, poet and civil servant. BA Magdalene College, Cambridge 1587, MA 1590, LLD 1604; Master of Magdalene 1604-26, Vice-Chancellor of the University 1611-12. MP for the University of Cambridge 1620-2 and 1624-5, and for Truro 1620. Chancellor of Worcester and Exeter Cathedrals.


Goche bequeathed “all my law books which I have in my study at London” to Magdalene College, and the law books in his study at Exeter to his son in law. The residue of his estate was left to his wife. The size of his collection is not known. A list of more than a hundred books given to Magdalene College is recorded in the College's seventeenth-century donors' register, MS. F.4.33, though not all items recorded are extant within the collection. A number of the books given to Magdalene College contain the signature of Bartholomew Jessop.


  • Goche's Will, Cambridge University Library Vice-Chancellor's Court Wills, vol.3 fo.147r-148r.
  • Magdalene College, Cambridge MS. F.4.33, f.8r-9r.
  • Venn, J. & J. A. Alumni Cantabrigienses. Cambridge, 1922.