George Cope (tobacco manufacturer)

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George Cope (1822–1888) was one of the founding brothers of Cope Bros & Co, a tobacco products manufacturer in Liverpool.[1][2] He was understood to be the junior partner in the business up until his brother Thomas Cope (1827-1884)'s death in 1884.[1][3] He was born on 4 September 1822 as Soloman George Cope [4][5][6][7] to John Cope (1791–1884), a music professor originally from Ross On Wye,[4][5][6][8] and Ellen Jones (from Liverpool)[4][5][6] He died 1 February 1888,[9] and was buried in Anfield Cemetery on 3 February 1888.[10]

At the time of his death in 1888 he was living in and was the owner of Dove Park in Liverpool (which is now called Reynolds Park, named after the Park’s last private owners).[1][10] He was a justice of the peace (JP) in the County of Denbigh of north Wales in the last two years before his death, where he had another residence.[1] His estate was valued at £274,923[1][11][12] at the time of his death and was the subject of some newspaper articles at the time due to his being one of the richest men in Britain dying that year.[11][12] Henry Tate of Tate and Lyle was one of the executors of the will.[1][13] Woolton Convalescent Institution (£5000) and Cope's Benevolent Fund (£10,000) were among the beneficiaries of the will.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g The Will Of George Cope, Liverpool Mercury (Liverpool, England), Tuesday, March 20, 1888
  2. ^ Cope's and the Promotion of Tobacco in Victorian England, by A. V. Seaton, Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic
  3. ^ Dr Maureen Watry - Head of Special Collections and Archives 2002 Archived 2013-02-24 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c Parish Records - IGI
  5. ^ a b c Family Register – Cope Family Monmouth
  6. ^ a b c Cope Family Tree 1928 – Cope Family Monmouth
  7. ^ 1841–1881 Census
  8. ^ General Register Office (GRO), 1844 Death Certificate
  9. ^ General Register Office (GRO), 1888 Death Certificate
  10. ^ a b FUNERAL OF MR. GEORGE COPE Liverpool Mercury (Liverpool, England), Tuesday, February 7, 1888
  11. ^ a b Some Wills of the Year, Birmingham Daily Post (Birmingham, England), Tuesday, January 1, 1889; Issue 9522.
  12. ^ a b Dead Mens Gold, The Pall Mall Gazette (London, England), Monday, January 7, 1889; Issue 7428.
  13. ^ The London Gazette, March 23rd 1888 page 1809