Simon Ockley was born in Exeter and apparently brought up in Norfolk. He died on 9 August 1720 at Swavesey near Cambridge. He entered Queen's College, Cambridge as a sizar in 1694 and matriculated in 1695, graduating BA in 1698, MA in 1701 and BD in 1710. He incorporated MA at Oxford in 1706. He was ordained deacon in 1698 and priest in 1705, in which year he became vicar of Swavesey, where he had been curate since 1701. He was Professor of Arabic at Cambridge from 1711 until his death. He married young and fathered six children between 1702 and 1708. Swavesey was not a rich parish and some indiscretion precluded further preferment which meant that he lived in penury and was even sentenced to Cambridge Castle for debt in 1717. He left his wife and children destitute.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.