Henry Coghill 1589-1672

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Henry COGHILL 1589-1672

The Coghill armorial stamp (British Armorial Bindings)

Biographical Note

Son of John Coghill, a London merchant, and brother of Sir Thomas Coghill. Henry was also a merchant in London and acquired an estate at Aldenham Hall, Hertfordshire; he was sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1632.


A number of books survive, with imprint dates not later than 1653, with one of three armorial stamps of either the crest or full coat of arms of the Coghills, which are attributed in the armorials database to Sir Thomas, but noting that they could also have been Henry’s. Sir Thomas’s will has no reference to books; the bulk and residue of his estate was left to his son John. The Coghill books in Cambridge University Library have the Royal Library bookplate showing that they left the family in the late 17th or early 18th century to be acquired by John Moore (1646-1714). Examples: CUL P.8.13-14, U.8.30; BL C.108.dd.6.

Characteristic Markings

The books in Cambridge University Library have no inscriptions or annotations, save for “Durate” in a small 17th-century hand in the top right hand corner of one of the titlepages (P.8.13).