Nathaniel Coga 1637?-1693

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Nathaniel COGA 1637?-1693

Biographical Note

Born at Veryan, Cornwall. BA Pembroke College, Cambridge 1657, MA 1660, DD 1678; Fellow of the College 1658, elected Master 1677. Vice-Chancellor of the University, 1681. Vicar of Barton, Cambridgeshire 1662, of Vicar of Swaffham Bulbeck 1663; Rector of Framlingham, Suffolk 1678, of Rector of Feltwell, Norfolk 1664. Chaplain to Matthew Wren, Bishop of Ely (d.1667). Pembroke College library was redeveloped during his Mastership, by converting the old chapel; the work was paid for primarily by private subscription.


Coga’s “entire library” was sold by auction by Edward Millington in Cambridge, 27 November 1694. The catalogue refers to the addition of a number of other books to the sale, which can be assumed to be a discrete appendix to the main section listing Coga’s books. This contains 1554 items, predominantly 17th century books, and mostly from the second half of the century. The lots are divided between Latin theology (374), Latin miscellaneous, including geography, history, lexicography and numismatics (the categories mentioned in the catalogue) (796), English divinity (200) and English miscellaneous (184).

Characteristic Markings

None of Coga's books have been identified.


  • Bibliotheca Cogiana, 1694 (ESTC R214042).
  • Attwater, A. A short history of Pembroke College Cambridge, 1936.
  • Pearson, D. Patterns of book ownership in late seventeenth-century England, The Library 7th ser 11 (2010), 139-167.
  • Venn, J. & J. A. Alumni Cantabrigienses. Cambridge, 1922.