COPE, Jonathan II (c.1692-1765), of Bruern Abbey, Oxon.
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Family and Education
b. c.1692, 1st s. of Jonathan Cope I*. educ. Eton 1706; Christ Church, Oxf. matric. 18 Feb. 1708, aged 16. m. ?1717, Mary (d.1755), da. of Sir Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Bt.*, 1s. d.v.p. 5da. suc. fa. 1694; Sir John Cope, 5th Bt.*, to Hanwell, Oxon. 1721; cr. Bt. 1 Mar. 1714.1
Freeman and bailiff, Oxford 1714.2
Under his father’s will, Cope was to be left under the charge of his mother unless she remarried. When she did so the provisions of the will, which appointed Sir Thomas Pershall, Sir Robert Jenkinson [?2nd Bt.*] and Henry Farmer as guardians, presumably came into effect. Little is known about Cope’s early life, although by the time of his election he was probably residing at Bruern Abbey, Oxfordshire. His election for Banbury in 1713 probably owed much to his presumptive interest in the Hanwell estates of the Cope family, just two and a half miles from Banbury, plus the backing of the Norths. During the 1713 Parliament his only significant action was to act as a teller on 23 Mar. 1714 against setting a date for hearing the London election petition. He was considered a Tory on the Worsley list, although another list comparing Members elected in 1713 and 1715 classed him as a Whig. This latter assignation must have been erroneous, as Lord Guildford backed him at the 1715 election with reference