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Cox Macro Commonplace Books

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Cox Macro

Scope and Contents

Commonplace books covering many subjects, including topics in theology, law, governance, the natural sciences, the arts, and human characteristics and relationships.


  • Creation: Early to mid-eighteenth century


Biographical / Historical

Cox Macro was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and baptised there in 1683. He studied at Jesus and Christ's Colleges, Cambridge, from 1699 to 1703, and then at Leiden. He took the Cambridge degrees of LL.B in 1710 and D.D. in 1717. He was ordained deacon and priest in 1716. He was an antiquary and a collector of books, manuscripts and works of art. He died in 1767.


212 volume(s)

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Custodial History

A few volumes have a typed label in the front, ‘(From) the Duleep Singh Collection’.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited, 1971.

Separated Materials

Upwards of 32 volumes are absent from the places where they would belong in the sequence. The subject matter of some can confidently be identified from surviving parts of the relevant volumes, and in the case of others it may be inferred from entries in the Index.

Physical Description

The volumes are numbered according to subject (or subjects), I to CXLIII, but many of them are in two or more parts, and the number of physical volumes is thus very much larger (1–210). At the end are a pair of unnumbered volumes (211–212), bound identically to the main series, which consist of copies of writings by others, mostly in Cox Macro’s hand.

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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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