William Cockburn 1669-1739

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William COCKBURN 1669-1739

Biographical Note

Cockburn was educated at the universities of Edinburgh and Leiden and became a licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians in London in 1694. He served for several years as a naval physician and made a reputation (and a fortune) with a cure for dysentery. In 1731 he became physician to the Greenwich Hospital and also had an extensive and wealthy private practice. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.


Used engraved bookplates:

  • (Franks 6242): Cockburne, Dd., MD., CR., MBS. Geront. E.M. Gren. Med.
  • Another bookplate is held by the Wellcome Collection: Willm. Cockburn M.D. Fellow of the R.S. & of the College of Physicians in London.

The extent and disposition of his library is not known.


  • Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum. London, 1903.
  • Creighton, Charles, and Anita Guerrini. "Cockburn, William (1669–1739), physician." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.