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Downe, Earl of (I, 1628 - 1668)


Creation: let.pat. 16 Oct 1628


Extinct: 18 May 1668


Family name: Pope




Per pale Or and Azure on a Chevron between three Griffins' Heads erased four Fleur-de-lis all counterchanged


Two Griffins' Heads erased addorsed Or and Azure ducally collared and counterchanged


On either side a Griffin, the dexter Azure ducally gorged Or, the sinister Or ducally gorged Azure



William [Pope], 1st Earl of Downe

only surv. son and heir of John Pope, of Wroxton and Wilcote, co. Oxford, by his second wife Elizabeth Brocket, dau. of Sir John Brocket, of Brocket, co. Hertford


15 Oct 1573


1595 Anne Wentworth (b. 1561; widow of Henry [Wentworth], 3rd Baron Wentworth and de jure 8th Baron le Despencer; bur. 10 May 1625 at Wroxton, co. Oxford), dau. of Sir Owen Hopton, Lieutenant of the Tower of London, by his wife Anne Itchingham, dau. and hrss. of Sir Edward Itchingham


1. Sir William Pope (b. c. 1597; dvp. Aug 1624), mar. Elizabeth Watson (mar. (2) as his third wife Sir Thomas Penyston, 1st Bt., of Leigh, co. Essex), dau. and hrss. of Sir Thomas Watson, of Halstead, co. Kent, and had issue:

1a. Thomas Pope, later 2nd Earl of Downe

2a. Hon John Pope (b. 1623; d. unm. bef. 1660)

3a. Hon William Pope (b. 1624; d. unm. bef. 1660)

1a. Lady Anne Pope (b. 1616; bur. 22 Mar 1677/8 at Culworth, co. Northampton), mar. 1634 Sir Samuel Danvers, 1st Bt., of Culworth, co. Northampton, and had issue

2. Hon Sir Thomas Pope, later 3rd Earl of Downe


2 Jun 1631 (bur. at Wroxton, co. Oxford)


29 Jun 1611 a Baronet of England, styled "of Wilcote, co. Oxford"

16 Oct 1628 Baron Pope, of Belturbet in the County of Cavan, and Earl of Downe

suc. by



High Sheriff of Oxfordshire 1601-02;  Knight of the Bath at the Coronation of King James I 1603


Thomas [Pope], 2nd Earl of Downe


16 Dec 1622


26 Nov 1638 Lucy Dutton (b. 9 Apr 1624; d. 6 Apr 1656; bur. at Cubberley, co. Gloucester), yst. dau. and cohrss. of John Dutton, of Sherborne, co. Gloucester, by his first wife Elizabeth Baynton, dau. of Sir Henry Baynton, of Bromham, co. Wiltshire

only child

1. Lady Elizabeth Pope (d. 1 Jul 1719), mar. (1) in or bef. 1663 Sir Francis Henry Lee, 4th Bt., of Quarendon, co. Buckingham, and Ditchley, co. Oxford, and (2) as his third wife Robert [Bertie], 3rd Earl of Lindsey, and had issue by both husbands


s.p.m. 28 Dec 1660 (bur. at Wroxton, co. Oxford)

suc. by



fought on the side of King Charles I in the Civil War


Thomas [Pope], 3rd Earl of Downe




20 Apr 1636 his first cousin once removed Beata Poole (bapt. 12 Jan 1616/7; bur. 18 Jul 1678 at Wroxton, co. Oxford), 1st dau. of Sir Henry Poole MP, of Sapperton, co. Gloucester (by his wife Hon Beatrice Brydges, 2nd dau. of William [Brydges], 4th Baron Chandos, by his wife Mary Hopton, dau. of Sir Owen Hopton, Lieutenant of the Tower of London), 1st son and heir of Sir Henry Poole MP, of Sapperton, co. Gloucester, by his wife Anne Wroughton, dau. of Sir William Wroughton, of Broad Hinton, co. Wiltshire


1. Hon Thomas Pope, later 4th Earl of Downe

1. Lady Mary Pope (dsp.), mar. as his first wife Sir Edward Boughton, 2nd Bt. MP, of Lawford Parva, co. Warwick

2. Lady Beata Pope (dsp.), mar. after 10 Feb 1668/9 as his first wife Sir William Soame, 1st Bt., of Thurlow, co. Suffolk

3. Lady Frances Pope (d. 15 Nov 1678), mar. 5 Mar 1671/2 Francis [North], 1st Baron Guilford, and had issue

4. Lady Finetta Pope, mar. Robert Hyde, only son of Rt Rev Alexander Hyde DD, Bishop of Salisbury 1665-67 (by his wife Mary Tounson, dau. of Rt Rev Robert Tounson DD, Dean of Westminster 1617-1620 and Bishop of Salisbury 1620-21, by his wife Margaret Davenant, sister of Rt Rev John Davenant DD, Bishop of Salisbury 1621-41), 4th son of Sir Lawrence Hyde MP, Attorney-General to Queen Anne, consort of King James I, by his wife Barbara Castillion, dau. of John Baptista Castillion, of Benham Valence, co. Berkshire, and had issue


11 Jan 1667/8 (bur. at Wroxton, co. Oxford)

suc. by



knighted at Woodstock 1625


Thomas [Pope], 4th Earl of Downe


29 Sep 1640


18 May 1668 (bur. at Wroxton, co. Oxford)


On the death of the 4th Earl of Downe the Earldom of Down, together with his other honours, became extinct.


 First written 21 Feb 2012



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