Covel, John

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Covel, John Gender: M
born on 2 April 1638 Jul.Cal. (12 Apr 1638 greg.) at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Bury St.Edmunds, England, 52n15, 0e43
Timezone LMT m0e43 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 22°08' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 25°39 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 16°37'


English clergyman and scientist who served as Chaplain to the Princess of Orange in The Hague (1681-1685), and became Master of Christ's College (1688-1723), Cambridge and vice-chancellor of the University.

John Covel was educated at Bury St Edmunds school and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he was made a fellow in 1659. In 1670 he went to Constantinople as Chaplain to the Levant Company. For a time he was in sole charge of the embassy there. He travelled widely in Asia Minor and described the buildings and plants which he saw. He purchased a lot of Greek manuscripts. In his later years he developed the study of fossils. Died 19 December 1722.

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  • Death, Cause unspecified 19 December 1722 Jul.Cal. (30 Dec 1722 greg.)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes him in "Early Voyages and Travels in the Levant" by J. Theodore Bent (Cambridge University Press, 2010), p. 282: "On April 2nd, 1677, Dr. Covel left Constantinople for good, and his return to England forms another MS. volume. He thus begins it : 'This day in the year 1638, I was born at two o'clock in the morning, being Monday, and it pleased me to see so many things meet this day, whereby I might reckon it my second birth.'"


  • Vocation : Education : Administrator (Master of Christ's College, 1688-1723)
  • Vocation : Politics : Diplomat
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Clergyman, chaplain)
  • Vocation : Science : Geology (Fossils)