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Colepeper, Baron (E, 1644 - 1725)


Creation: let.pat. 21 Oct 1644


Extinct: 15 Jun 1725


Family name: Colepeper




Argent a Bend engrailed Gules


A Falcon with wings expanded Argent beaked legged and belled Or


On either side a Dragon Argent ducally gorged Gules





John [Colepeper], 1st Baron Colepeper, PC

only son and heir of Sir John Colepeper, of Wigsell, co. Kent, by his wife Elizabeth Sedley, dau. of William Sedley, of Southfleet, co. Kent



mar. (1)

29 Oct 1628 Philippa Snelling (bur. 16 Sep 1630 at Hollingbourne, co. Kent), dau. of Sir John Snelling, of West Grinstead, co. Sussex

children by first wife

1. Hon Alexander Colepeper (dsp. and vp. 2 Mar 1648/9), mar. 8 Sep 1648 Catherine Ford (b. 22 May 1634; mar. (2) bef 1655 Ralph [Grey], 2nd Baron Grey of Warke; d. c. 1682), only surv. dau. and hrss. of Sir Edward Ford, of Harting, co. Sussex, by his wife Sarah Ireton, dau. of German Ireton, of Ireton, co. Derby

1. Hon Philippa Colepeper, mar. Thomas Harlakenden, of Wood Church, co. Kent

mar. (2)

bef. 1635 his cousin Judith Colepeper (bapt. 1 Jun 1606;  bur. 21 Nov 1691 at Hollingbourne, co. Kent), dau, of Sir Thomas Colepeper, of Hollingbourne and Leeds Castle, co. Kent, by his wife Elizabeth Cheney, dau. of John Cheney, of Guestling, co. Sussex

children by second wife

2. Hon Thomas Colepeper, later 2nd Baron Colepeper

3. Hon John Colepeper, later 3rd Baron Colepeper

4. Hon Cheney Colepeper, later 4th Baron Colepeper

5. Hon Francis Colepeper (dsp. bef. 1725)

2. Hon Elizabeth Colepeper (d. 1709), mar. 1661 Col James Hamilton, a Groom of the Bedchamber (dvp. 6 Jun 1673), 1st son and heir ap. of Hon Sir George Hamilton, 1st Bt., of Donalong, co. Tyrone, and Nenagh, co. Tipperary (by his wife Lady Mary Butler, sister of James [Butler], 1st Duke of Ormonde, and 3rd dau. of Hon Thomas Butler, styled Viscount Thurles (by his wife Elizabeth Poyntz, dau. of Sir John Poyntz, of Iron Acton, co. Gloucester), 1st son and heir ap. of Walter [Butler], 11th Earl of Ormonde and 4th Earl of Ossory), 3rd son of James [Hamilton], 1st Earl of Abercorn, and had issue

3. Hon Judith Colepeper, mar. ..... Colepeper

4. Hon Philippa Colepeper


11 Jul 1660 (bur. at Hollingbourne, co. Kent)


21 Oct 1644 Baron Colepeper, of Thoresway in the County of Lincoln

suc. by

son by second wife


served in the Army;  knighted 1621/2;  Member of Parliament for Rye 1641-43/4;  Privy Councillor 1641/2;  Chancellor of the Exchequer 1641/2 -42/3;  Master of the Rolls 1642/3-43 and 1660;  a Commissioner of the Treasury 1660;  Member of the Prince of Wales's Council 1645;  sent by King Charles II to Russia to negotiate a loan 1650;  purchased the estates of Leeds Castle, co. Kent


Thomas [Colepeper], 2nd Baron Colepeper


21 Mar 1634/5


bef. 13 Sep 1660 Margaret van Hesse (d. 10 May 1710; bur. at Bromfield), dau. of Jan van Hesse, Lord of Piershil in Zeeland

only child

1. Hon Catherine Colepeper, succeeded to the Leeds Castle estate 1660 (d. 1719), mar. c.1685 Thomas [Fairfax], 5th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, and had issue


s.p.m. 27 Jan 1688/9

suc. by



Governor of the Isle of Wight 1661-67 and of Virginia 1675-82


John [Colepeper], 3rd Baron Colepeper


4 Mar 1640


30 Jun 1707 his cousin Frances Colepeper (b. 4 Feb 1644; d. 17 Feb 1740/1; bur. at Hollingbourne, co. Kent), dau. of Sir Thomas Colepeper, of Hollingbourne, co. Kent, by his wife Alice Colepeper, dau. of Sir William Colepeper, of Aylesford, co. Kent


s.p. 8 Jul 1719 (bur. at Hollingbourne, co. Kent)

suc. by



Cheney [Colepeper], 4th Baron Colepeper


6 Sep 1642


15 Jun 1725 (bur. at Hollingbourne, co. Kent)


Barrister, Inner Temple


On the death of the 4th Baron Colepeper the Barony of Colepeper became extinct.


 First written 25 Oct 2009



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