1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Aston Cokayne

George Ellis, in Specimens of Early English Poets (1801; 1845) 3:199.



Sir Aston Cockain was born of a knightly and ancient family at Ashbourn, in the Peak of Derbyshire, 1608; educated at both the Universities, especially Cambridge, being a fellow-commoner of Trinity College; and having continued for some time at the inns of court, "for fashion sake," says Wood, travelled with Sir Kenelm Digby, and married on his return. He lived a studious life upon his estate in Warwickshire, and suffered much during the civil wars for the king's cause, and his religion, which was that of Rome. We are told, he "was esteemed by many an ingenious gentleman, a good poet, and a great lover of learning; yet by other a perfect boon fellow, by which he wasted all he had." He died at Derby, 1683.

His Poems of divers sorts, appeared in 1658, and had various titles (vide Gentleman's Magazine for 1797). They may perhaps be consulted with advantage by those who search after anecdotes of contemporary characters, or pictures of their manners.