Cookesley, William Gifford (DNB00)

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COOKESLEY, WILLIAM GIFFORD (1802–1880), classical scholar, was born at Brasted in Kent on 1 Dec. 1802, and was educated at Eton and at King's College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1825, M.A. in 1827. He was for many years one of the assistant masters at Eton. In 1857 he was appointed vicar of Hayton, Yorkshire, and became incumbent of St. Peter's, Hammersmith, in 1860, and rector of Tempsford, Bedfordshire, in 1868. He died on 16 Aug. 1880. His publications on classical subjects are: 1. ‘Selections from Pindar. With English Notes,’ 1838, 8vo. 2. ‘Pindari Carmina. Notas quasdam Anglice scriptas adjecit G.G.C.,’ 1844, &c., 8vo (another edition, ‘pars prima,’ 1850, &c., and an edition in 2 vols., 1851). 3. ‘Selecta e Catullo’ (with notes), 1845, 12mo. 4. ‘Account and Map of the Ancient City of Rome,’ 1850; and a similar ‘Account and Map of Ancient Athens,’ 1851, 8vo (also 1852, 8vo). 5. ‘Selecta e Propertio’ (with notes), 1851, 12mo. 6. ‘Eton Selections from Ovid and Tibullus’ (with notes), 1859, 12mo (another edition, 1860,12mo). 7. ‘Cæsar's Gallic War’ (with English notes), 1861, 12mo. Cookesley also published: 8. ‘Sermons,’ London, 1843, 12mo; and ‘Old Windsor Sermons,’ London, 1844, 12mo. 9. ‘A revised translation of the New Testament,’ 1859, &c., 8vo. 10. ‘A few Remarks on some of the more prominent errors contained in Bishop Colenso's Book on the Pentateuch,’ London, 1863, 8vo. 11. ‘Memorial Sketch of F. J. Cookesley, edited by W. G. C.,’ 1867, 12mo. 12. Various pamphlets published between 1845 and 1867 (see Brit. Mus. Cat.)

[Men of the Time, 10th ed. 1879, 11th ed. 1884 (‘Necrology’); Martin's Handbook of Contemporary Biog. 1870; Athenæum, 21 Aug. 1880, No. 2756, p. 240; Brit. Mus. Cat.]

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