Cooke, Jim

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Cooke, Jim Gender: M
James Edwin Cooke
born on 24 June 1840 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Glasgow, Scotland, 55n53, 4w15
Timezone LMT m4w15 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 02°34' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 16°42 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 10°39'


Scottish-born English champion leaper, 2-4-6-horse rider, "Pickwick Act" and all around circus performer. The son of England's then most famous circus proprietor, Thomas E. Cooke, he claimed to have at least 200 years of ancestry in showbusiness beginning with Cooke's Royal Circus.

In the 1860s, he moved from Paris, France to the USA with his wife Carlotta DeBerg (also known as Charlotte de Berg, born Matilda Burke in Athlone, Ireland). They joined Howes circus. For several decades the pair were the most famous bareback riders of the circus ring. Cooke impersonated several Charles Dickens characters as part of his act.

He died in Jersey City, New Jersey, on 20 April 1907.


  • Relationship : Marriage 30 September 1860 (Carlotta DeBerg)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Family : Change residence 1867 (Moved to USA)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes him in "'Jim' Cooke Tells of the Old Days in the Ring," New York Times, 13 May 1900, p. 4: "... in Glasgow, Scotland, on the evening of June 23, 1840 [my mother] rode on a lion cage in the grand entry, and at 2 o'clock on the following morning I was born."


  • Vocation : Entertainment : Circus/ Animal acts
  • Vocation : Sports : Equestrian
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession