William Coward was born in Winchester. He went up to Hart Hall, Oxford as a commoner in 1674, and became a Scholar of Wadham College in 1675. He took his BA in 1677, and was elected Fellow of Merton College in the same year. He took his MA in 1683 and his MB in 1685. On becoming an MD in 1687 he began practising in Northampton, and then moved to Lombard Street in London, leaving Northampton, according to Hearne, ‘in consequence of some immorality’. In 1706 he left London; and in 1718 was living at Ipswich. He was admitted a Candidate of the College of Surgeons in 1695, and remained on the list until 1725. His absence from the list after this date indicates that he probably died in 1725.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.