COLEPEPER, Thomas (c.1561-1613), of Wigsell, Suss.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. c.1561, 1st s. of John Colepeper of Wigsell by Elizabeth (d.1618), da. of William Sedley of Southfleet, Kent. educ. Hart Hall, Oxf. 1579; M. Temple 1583. m. (1) Anne (d.1602), da. of Sir Stephen Slaney, ld. mayor of London, 2s. 1da.; (2) Mary, da. and coh. of Roger Beeston of London, wid. of Francis Gibbon of Benenden, Kent, 1s. 3da. suc. fa. 1612.

Offices Held


There were several Thomas Colepepers living in Sussex and Kent in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, including one at Wilmington, another at Greenway Court, Hollingbourne, and a third at Aylesford. The Winchelsea hundred book identifies their 1597 Member of Parliament as ‘of Wigsell’. It is not certain that it was the same man who sat for Rye in 1601, but it is very likely if only because it is against the odds that two unrelated men with the same name should have sat in the Commons for adjacent boroughs in consecutive Parliaments.