Sir John Cheke (1514 – 1557) was an English classical scholar, statesman, and first Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge University. In 1544 he was confirmed as tutor to the future King Edward VI of England; a position he held after Edward's accession to the throne in 1547.
Cheke produced a translation of the Gospel of Matthew which remained an unpublished manuscript until 1843. Even though he was a Greek scholar he resisted the inclusion of foreign words into English.
Title: The Gospel according to Saint Matthew and part of the first chapter of The Gospel according to Saint Mark Translated into English from the Greek, with Original Notes, by Sir John Cheke, Knight, formerly Regius Professor of Greek and Public Orator in the University of Cambridge, afterwards Tutor, Privy Counsellor and Secretary of State to King Edward VI. Also VII. Original Letters of Sir J. Cheke. Prefixed is an Introductory Account of the Nature and Object of the Translation, By James Goodwin, B.D. Fellow and Tutor of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
Date: Manuscript 1550, published 1843.
Publisher: Cambridge: J. and J. J. Deighton. William Pickering, London
Contents: Matthew and the first chapter of Mark
References: Chamberlin 655-7; Herbert 1847
Images: Title page