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.


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]


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]


  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
With: Francis Warner
Succeeded by
Not represented in Restored Rump
Preceded by
Sir John Rolle
Earl of Torrington
Member of Parliament for Devon
With: Sir John Rolle
Succeeded by
Sir Edward Seymour
Sir William Courtenay
Preceded by
Samuel Rolle
Sir William Courtenay
Member of Parliament for Devon
With: Sir Bourchier Wrey
Succeeded by
Samuel Rolle
Francis Courtenay
Baronetage of England
Preceded by
John Bampfylde
(of Poltimore)
Succeeded by
Coplestone Bampfylde