Sir Coplestone Bampfylde, 2nd Baronet

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Armorial of Bampfylde, Barons Poltimore: Or, on a bend gules three mullets argent

Sir Coplestone Bampfylde, 2nd Baronet (ca. 1633 – 9 February 1692) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1659 and 1689.

Background[edit]

Bampfylde was the eldest son of Sir John Bampfylde, 1st Baronet and his wife Gertrude Coplestone, daughter of Amyan Coplestone.[1] He matriculated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford on 20 March 1651,[2] where he befriended Sir John Drake, 1st Baronet.[3] He succeeded to the baronetcy in 1651 on the death of his father. He was nominated Justice of the Peace for Devon in 1656 and one year later he became a Commissioner for Assessment.[4]

In 1659 Bampfylde was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Tiverton in the Third Protectorate Parliament.[4] Although his father and two of his uncles were considered Parliamentarians, Bampfylde himself was a very active Royalist.[3] In February 1660, he was forced to hide after delivering a petition from Devon's population for more rights to the king's general George Monck and was temporarily imprisoned.[1] In 1660, he was appointed a Commissioner of Militia, serving subsequently as colonel of the Devon Militia.[4] He became the first High Sheriff of Devon after the English Restoration and toured the Western Circuit as a Commissioner of Oyer and Terminer.[4] He was a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon from 1661 and worked as Commissioner for Corporations in the following two years.[4]

In 1671 Bampfylde was elected MP for Devon in 1671 in a by-election to the Cavalier Parliament and represented it until 1679.[4] He was again elected MP for Devon again in 1685 and held the seat until 1689.[4]

Bampfyle died of gout at Warleigh and was buried at Poltimore.[4] On his deathbed, he pledged his assembled family to loyalty to the Church of England and to the crown.[3]

Family[edit]

On 16 November 1655, he married firstly Margaret Bulkeley, daughter of Francis Bulkeley and had by her two sons and a daughter.[5] After her death Bampfylde remmarried Jane Pole, daughter of Sir Courtenay Pole, 2nd Baronet at Houghton, Devonshire on 21 October 1674.[5] His second marriage was childless.[5] His eldest son Hugh having predeceased him in for one year, Bampfylde was succeeded in the baronetcy by his grandson Coplestone.[6] His brother-in-law was Sir William Morice, 1st Baronet.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lodge, Edmund (1838). The Genealogy of the Existing British Peerage (6th ed.). London: Saunder and Otley. p. 388. 
  2. ^ 'Alumni Oxonienses, 1500-1714: Baal-Barrow', Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 (1891), pp. 51-78. Date accessed: 23 June 2012
  3. ^ a b c Kimber, Edward (1771). Richard Johnson, ed. The Baronetage of England: Containing a Genealogical and Historical Account of All the English Baronets. vol. I. London: Thomas Wotton. pp. 377–380. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h History of Parliament Online - Bampfylde, Coplestone
  5. ^ a b c d Debrett, John (1824). Debrett's Baronetage of England. vol. I (5th ed.). London: G. Woodfall. p. 139. 
  6. ^ Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. II (4th ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. p. 306. 
Parliament of England
Preceded by
Robert Shapcote
Member of Parliament for Tiverton
1659
With: Francis Warner
Succeeded by
Not represented in Restored Rump
Preceded by
Sir John Rolle
Earl of Torrington
Member of Parliament for Devon
1671–1679
With: Sir John Rolle
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Seymour
Sir William Courtenay
Preceded by
Samuel Rolle
Sir William Courtenay
Member of Parliament for Devon
1685–1689
With: Sir Bourchier Wrey
Succeeded by
Samuel Rolle
Francis Courtenay
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
John Bampfylde
Baronet
(of Poltimore)
1651–1692
Succeeded by
Coplestone Bampfylde