John Cosin was master of Peter-house in Cambridge, and dean of Peterborough, in the reign of Charles I. in which he enjoyed several other considerable preferments. He was accused of introducing superstitious innovations in the church of Durham, of which he was then prebendary, by Peter Smart, who had been prosecuted by him for preaching against episcopacy. He held his deanry but a short time, as he was the first of the clergy who were sequestered from their dignities and benefices by the parliament. In 1643, he retired to Paris, where he was appointed chaplain to the protestant part of queen Henrietta's family. He succeeded Dr. Morton in the see of Durham; and while he sat in that see, expended large sums in public and private charities and benefactions. He died Jan. 15, 1671-2, in the 78th year of his age. His principal work, which shews him to have been a man of learning, is his "Scholastical History of the Canon of the Holy Scripture;" a book still in esteem. The first edition was published, in 1657, the second in 1672.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.
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