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Myles Coverdale (abt. 1488 - abt. 1569)

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Myles Coverdale
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Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died about [location unknown]
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Categories: Notables | Yorkshire, Unknown Places | Augustinian Friars | Protestant Reformation Leaders | Puritan Ministers.

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Parents - Unknown

Birth: 1488, believed to be in or around Yorkshire, most likely in the area of Coverdale (for obvious reasons)[1]

Siblings - Unknown

Wife: Elizabeth Mucheson/Macheson - married in or around 1540 in Germany - she is reported to be a Scotswoman from a noble family. She had a sister, Agnes Mucheson/Macheson, who married John Macalpine, or McAlpine.[2]

Children: Two sons born 1542 and 1546[3] - One is likely to be named Myles/Miles[4][5]

Grandchildren: One record seems to indicate that the son of Myles/Miles may be a Roger or Thomas

Potential Great-Grandchildren: Roger or Thomas Coverdale appears to be the father of William Coverdale, born 1635 in Yorkshire and died in Yorkshire on 5 Feb 1704. He married Mary Sawyer/Sayer and they had at least 1 child, a Thomas Coverdale, born 1655 in Yorkshire. Thomas married Jane Hawkins and they had at least 1 child, Richard Coverdale, in 1690. Richard married Elizabeth Truitt and they had at least one child, Jean Mary Coverdale, born 1720. Jean Mary married William Mullinix. They had at least one child together, a Richard Mullinix, born 1740.

Much of this is pieced together from multiple sources, and some is a bit of speculation.[6] However, limited to no sources may be available to properly source this lineage.

Biography of Myles/Miles COVERDALE

  • Probably born in Yorkshire, England about 1488. He was approximately five years younger than Martin Luther, his contemporary in Germany.
  • Like Luther, Coverdale originally became an Augustinian friar, and a preacher and eventually a bishop. By the time of his death, he had become a Puritan. His lifespan paralleled that of Martin Luther, and his theology changed as the Reformation was taking hold in Europe.
  • First to print the entire Bible in English, which is known as the Coverdale Bible. Coverdale used both Tyndale's and Luther's translations to compile his Bible, which was likely printed in Antwerp, Belgium.


  5. ODNB citation: David Daniell, ‘Coverdale, Miles (1488–1569)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2009,, accessed 4 May 2016
  • DVD - How We Got the Bible mentions Myles Coverdale

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On 3 May 2016 at 04:19 GMT Samantha Rogers wrote:

Just for clarification, the last name listed here is incorrect- the famous Bible translator is Myles Coverdale (no "L" in his last name). I'm certain that this is the same person as the one that you're referring to-- Coverdale is credited with producing the first complete translation of the Bible into English in 1535. His translation unofficially bears his name-- "the Coverdale Bible." Here is an online copy of the Coverdale Bible:

That link should take you directly to it, but if you refer to the page with signature mark +iiii (same as page 4) at the bottom of the page after the dedication, you will see how Coverdale signs his name (in type): "Youre graces humble subiecte and daylye oratour, Myles Couerdale."

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