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Edmund Cosin

Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, England

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Cosin (the name is also written COSYN), EDMUND, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, England. The dates of his birth and death are uncertain. He called was born in Bedfordshire and entered King’s Hall, Cambridge, as a Bible clerk, receiving the degrees of B.A. early in 1535, M.A. in 1541, and B.D. in 1547. He held the living of Grendon, Northamptonshire, which was in the gift of King’s Hall, St. Catharine’s Hall, and of Trinity College. Early in Queen Mary’s reign he was elected Master of St. Catharine’s, which brought him as gifts from the Crown the Norfolk rectories of St. Edmund, North Lynn (1533), Fakenham (1555), and the Norfolk vicarages of Caistor Holy Trinity, and of Oxburgh (1554). He was presented to the rectory of Thorpland Trinity College in the following year. He was also chaplain to Bishop Bonner of London and assistant to Michail Dunning, the Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich. In 1558 he was elected Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge but being a Catholic he refused to conform to the Elizabethan heresies, and hence was forced to resign all his preferments and went in 1564 to live in retirement in Cauis College, Cambridge. Four years later, summoned to answer before the Lords of the Council to a charge of non-conformity, he went into exile rather than foreswear his faith. He was living in the Continent in 1576 but no further definite records of his career are available.


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