- J. F. R. Day
Cooke, Robert (d. 1593), herald, was purportedly the son of a tanner. As a youth he was said to have been a member of the household of Sir Edmund Brudenell, a great collector of pedigrees. He matriculated at St John's College, Cambridge, in 1553, graduated BA in 1558, and proceeded MA in 1561. In January 1562 he was appointed Rose Blanche pursuivant, and he then became Chester herald. In May 1567 he became Clarenceux king of arms, and in that office he was an assiduous maker of visitations to register coats of arms and pedigrees in ...