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Since the late twentieth century Catharine Trotter has been known chiefly for her early writings, shortly before and after the year 1700, which include tragedies, poetry, a comedy, and a short fiction. Though this first phase of her career overlaps with a later one (under two different names, birth-name and married name), they are clearly distinguishable. Characteristic of the later phase, during which she published as Catharine Cockburn, are weighty works of philosophy and theology, and familiar letters. Some of her letters reflect her intellectual pursuits; her personal and domestic letters have only recently come to notice.
Probably 16 August 1674 CT was born in London, one of two daughters. The record of her baptism thirteen days after this looks reliable, though both her names are mis-spelled. Bibliographic Citation link.
After 8 April 1693 "Olinda's Adventures; or, The Amours of a Young Lady", a short epistolary novel generally ascribed to CT, appeared anonymously in Letters of Love and Gallantry, here titled "The Adventures of a Young Lady". Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By mid-1702 CT made her first anonymous foray into philosophical debate, with A Defence of the Essay of Human Understanding, Written by Mr. Lock. Bibliographic Citation link.
After 11 May 1749 Catharine Cockburn (formerly Trotter) died at Long Horsley, Northumberland, where she was buried. This was the day she made her will, being apparently too weak to sign for herself. Bibliographic Citation link.
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