Octavius Coope

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Octavius Edward Coope (12 January 1814 – 27 November 1886) was an English brewer and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons in two periods between 1847 and 1886.

Coope was the son of John Coope of Great Cumberland Place, London and his wife Anna Maria.[1] In 1845 Coope and his brother George joined the brewer Edward Ind to form the brewery company of Ind Coope which was based at Romford.

In 1847 Coope was elected as Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth. However, in the following year he was unseated on the grounds of bribery.[2][3] Coope had residences at Rochetts in South Weald[4] and Berechurch Hall. He helped to endow the church of St. Paul, Bentley Common and Crescent Road Infants' School, South Weald. He was a director of the Phoenix Fire and the Pelican Life Insurance Cos and a J.P. and Deputy Lieutenant for Essex.[1]

Coope was next elected as MP for Middlesex in 1874.[5] On 14 February 1881 he laid the foundation-stone for a new church at Brentwood.[6] He held the Middlesex seat until 1885 when the constituency was reorganised. In 1885, he was elected as MP for Brentford.[7] but died in the following year at the age of 72.

Coope died at the age of 72 and was buried at St Peters South Weald.[8]

Coope married Emily Fulcher daughter of Captain Fulcher, of the Indian Army in 1848.[1]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Rumbold
William Wilshere
Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth
1847 – 1848
With: Lord Arthur Lennox
Succeeded by
Charles Rumbold
Joseph Sandars
Preceded by
Hon. George Byng
George Hamilton
Member of Parliament for Middlesex
1874 – 1885
With: George Hamilton
Constituency divided
New constituency Member of Parliament for Brentford
1885 – 1886
Succeeded by
James Bigwood