John Hopton (sport shooter)

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John Hopton
Personal information
Nationality English
Born (1858-12-30)30 December 1858
Stroud, England
Died 1 June 1934(1934-06-01) (aged 75)
Herefordshire, England
Height 6'6
Sport Sports shooting

Colonel John Hopton (30 December 1858 – 1 June 1934) was a British sports shooter.

Educated at Harrow and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Hopton was one of the greatest rifle shots of his day. He represented England 36 times in the Elcho long-range Match against Scotland and Ireland, into which Wales were later added in 1991, and captained Great Britain both at home and tour in Australia.[1] At the age of 49, he competed in the 1000 yard free rifle event at the 1908 Summer Olympics, placing 24th.[2] 1000 yard free rifle was not contested at any Olympic Games after 1908.

At the Imperial Meeting, held at Bisley, his name is given to the Hopton Aggregate, being the overall aggregate of each shooters' individual scores in the long-range discipline of Match Rifle.

Outside shooting, Hopton was an accomplished musician, serving as director of the Royal Academy of Music. In 1899 he married Sybil Maude.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Garth Lawson's Walk to Canon Frome This Month". Hereford Times. Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  2. ^ "Sports Reference: John Hopton". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-08.