Reverend George Albert Cooke Journals

Scope and Content

The collection comprises 58 journals written by the Rev. G.A. Cooke, covering dates from his time as a student until two weeks prior to his death in 1939. They detail the daily events of his life, as well as his activities and interests.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Albert Cooke was born 26 November 1865, son of George I. Foster Cooke, Barrister-at-Law, in London. He was educated at Merchant Taylor's School, then Wadham College, Oxford, where he won the Pusey and Ellerton Hebrew Scholarship, the Junior Kennicott Hebrew Scholarship, and the Houghton Syriac Prize (1885). He went on to work as Chaplain and Fellow of Magdalen College from 1892-1899, Rector of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, 1896-1899, Canon of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, from 1907-1909, Examining Chaplain to the Bishops of Rochester, Edinburgh, Oxford and Salisbury between 1909 and 1937. From 1908 to 1914 he was Oriel Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at Oxford while holding down the position of Canon of Rochester. From 1914 until 1936, he held the post of Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford and Canon of Christ Church. He published a number of works, including History and Song of Deborah (1892), Text-book of North Semitic Inscriptions (1903), and Driver's Ideals of the Prophets (1915). He was married to F. Helen Anderson, with whom he had four daughters, and died on 9 September 1939.


The journals are arranged chronologically.

Access Information

Accessible to all bona fide readers.

Acquisition Information

Given to the University of Bristol Library in 1968.


Compiled by Martin Hall, Assistant Archivist, University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.

Other Finding Aids

Typescript overview available in the University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to copy material must be gained from the University of Bristol Information Services - Special Collections.

Additional Information

See also DM 452 - printed pamphlet of Application and testimonials of the Rev. G.A. Cooke, applicant for the Oriel Professorship of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford, 1908.