Anthony COPE of Hanwell

(1st Bt.)

Born: 1549

Died: Jul 1614

Buried: Hanwell Parish Church, Hampshire, England

Father: Edward COPE

Mother: Elizabeth MOHUN

Married 1: Frances LYTTON (dau. of Rowland Lytton and Anne Carleton)


1. William COPE (2 Bt.) (b. ABT 1577 - d. 2 Aug 1637) (m. Elizabeth Chaworth)

2. Richard COPE

3. Anthony COPE

4. John COPE (b. 1590) (m. Elizabeth Sheffield)

5. Mary COPE (m. Henry Champernowne)

6. Anne COPE

7. Elizabeth COPE (m. Sir Richard Cecil)

8. Richard COPE (m. Anne Gardiner)

9. John COPE

Married 2: Anne PASTON 1602

One of the early leaders of the Puritans, in Feb 1587-8 was committed to the Tower, for opposing in Parliament the Book of Common Prayer.

Notwithstanding this, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1590. He was much in favour with King James I, who made him Sheriff of Oxon in 1603, and created him a baronet (of Hanwell) in 1611, and together with the Queen Anne twice visited him at Hanwell Castle, first on the 20 Aug 1605, and secondly on the 27 Aug 1612. He bore one of the ten bannerols carried by ten baronets at the funeral of Henry, Prince of Wales, 7 Dec 1612.

Sir Anthony Cope represented Banbury in seven parliaments, in Queen Elizabeth's reign, and was member for Oxfordshire in the reign of her successor. He died in Jul 1614.

J.C. Biddle-Cope, M.A.: Memoirs of the Copes of Wiltshire, Worcester College, Oxford [ca. 1882]

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