George Cook was born in St Andrews in December 1772 and died there on 13 May 1845. He studied at St Andrews University (MA 1790), where his father was Professor of Moral Philosophy. Having continued into divinity school he was licensed as a preacher in the Church of Scotland and ordained minister of Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire in 1795; he was moderator of the General Assembly in 1825. In 1829 he fended off competition from Thomas Carlyle and succeeded Thomas Chalmers in the chair formerly held by his father. By then he had a reputation as an ecclesiastical historian and was active in the Moderate party of the church. He headed the opposition to Chalmers and the Popular party in the years prior to the Disruption of 1843.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.