Sir Anthony Cope, 1st Baronet

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Sir Anthony Cope, 1st Baronet
Spouse(s) Frances Lytton
Anne Paston
Sir William Cope
Anthony Cope
Richard Cope
John Cope
three other sons
Anne Cope
Elizabeth Cope
Mary Cope
Father Edward Cope
Mother Elizabeth Mohun
Born c.1548
Died 6 July1614 (aged 65–66)
Buried Hanwell, Oxfordshire

Sir Anthony Cope (1548?–1614) was an English Puritan Member of Parliament.


Anthony Cope was a grandson of the author Anthony Cope (d.1551).[1] He was the second son of Edward Cope (d.1557) and Elizabeth Mohun (d.1587), daughter and heir of Walter Mohun of Wollaston, Northamptonshire. After his father's death, Anthony, his three brothers and three sisters were under the guardianship of his mother and her father, Walter Mohun. He had a younger brother, Sir Walter Cope.

In 1561 his mother became the second wife of George Carleton,[2] esquire, of Walton-on-Thames, second son of John Carleton, esquire, of Brightwell Baldwin, Oxfordshire,[3][4] by Joyce Welbeck, daughter of John Welbeck of Oxon Hoath, Kent,[5] by whom she had a son, Castle Carleton, and a daughter, Elizabeth Carleton.[6] After Elizabeth Mohun's death, George Carleton married, in 1589, Elizabeth Hussey, widow of Anthony Crane (d.1583), and daughter of Sir Robert Hussey of Linwood, Lincolnshire. The first of the Marprelate tracts, Martin's Epistle, was printed in October 1588 at her house at East Molesey, Surrey.[5][7]


He was member of Parliament for Banbury in seven parliaments (1571–83 and 1586–1604), and then represented Oxfordshire from 1606 until 1614. He served as High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 1581, 1590, and 1603.

Cope was imprisoned in the Tower of London from 27 February until 23 March 1587 for presenting the Speaker of the House of Commons with a Puritan revision of the Book of Common Prayer and a bill abrogating existing ecclesiastical law. Elizabeth I knighted Cope in 1590 and James I made him a baronet on 29 June 1611. Cope entertained James I at Hanwell, Oxfordshire in 1606 and 1612.

Cope died 6 July 1614, and was buried at Hanwell.[3]

Marriages and issue[edit]

He married firstly Frances Lytton (d.1600), the daughter of Sir Rowland Lytton of Knebworth, Hertfordshire, and his second wife, Anne Carleton, daughter of George Carleton of Brightwell Baldwin, Oxfordshire, by whom he had seven sons (four of whom lived to adulthood) and three daughters:[8]

He married secondly, on 7 April 1600, Anne Paston (1553–1637), daughter of Sir William Paston, and widow successively of Sir George Chaworth and Sir Nicholas Le Strange.[9][3] There were no children of the marriage. By her first husband, Anne had a daughter, Elizabeth Chaworth, who later married Sir Anthony Cope's son and heir, Sir William Cope, 2nd Baronet (see above).[3]


  1. ^ Allen I 2004.
  2. ^ His maternal grandmother, Margaret Culpepper, was the aunt of Queen Katherine Howard; Collinson 2004.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Allen II 2004.
  4. ^ Kimber 1771, p. 51.
  5. ^ a b Collinson 2004.
  6. ^ Metcalfe 1887, p. 9.
  7. ^ McCorkle 1933, pp. 276–81.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h Kimber 1771, p. 52.
  9. ^ Kimber 1771, p. 53.