Jan Coggan is a minor character of the novel. He is an honest worker from Weatherbury. He was a crimson man with a spacious face. Coggan loves to tell different amazing stories about his relatives.
He is characterized as a kind and generous man. Jan tries to help Gabriel in several cases. He offers Gabriel to live with him when Oak arranges for a farm to work, comforts Gabriel when he suffers from the news about Everdene`s and Troy`s wedding, etc.
Jan Coggan becomes a real friend to Gabriel. Thus, Oak feels that he is forced to tell his friend about his marriage to Bathsheba.
Jan Coggan in the Essays