Cockburn, John, Dd
Cockburn, John, D.D.
a Scotch clergyman, nephew to the bishop of Aberdeen, where he was educated, was called to the living at Udny in 1676; transferred to the living at Old Deer in 1681; scrupled at taking the test imposed by parliament, but did so in 1682, and was transferred to Ormiston in 1683. He was the first who projected a periodical account of literature in Scotland, and secured a license to print the monthly transactions and account of books out of the Universal Bibliotheke, which was recalled in 1688, and die was forbidden to print any more. He was deprived by the privy council in 1689, for not praying for the king and queen, and other acts of disloyalty. In 1698 he was appointed by the bishop of London as minister of the Episcopal congregation at Amsterdam, and in 1709 was promoted to the rectory of Northall, Middlesex, where he died November 20, 1729. His son Patrick was an English vicar. His publications were, Jacob's Vow (1686): Bibliotheca Universalis (1688): — Eight Sermons on Sevweral Occasions (1691): — Inquiry into the Nature, Necessity, and Evidence of'the Christian Faith (1696, 1697): — Fifteen Sermons on Various Subjects (1697): — Bourignoaniaism Detected (1698): — Right Notions of God and Religion (1708): — Answer to Queries Concerning Important Points in Religion (1717): — History and Examination of Duels (1720): — Specimen ofRemarks Concerning Affairs and Persons in Scotland (1724.). See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 2:301; 3:617, 620; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.