COPE, John (1690-1760).
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Family and Education
b. 1690, o.s. of Lt.-Col. Henry Cope of Icombe, Glos. by Dorothy Waller, wid. of an exciseman. educ. Westminister c.1700. m. (1) Jane, da. of Anthony Duncombe, M.P., sis. of Anthony Duncombe, 1st Lord Feversham, 1s. d.v.p.; (2) Elizabeth, who was executrix of his will. K.B. 12 July 1743.
Cornet 1 Drags. 1707; a.-d.-c. to Gen. Stanhope 1708-9; capt. 33 Ft. 1709, Peterborough’s Drags. 1709; capt. and lt.-col. 3 Ft. Gds 1710; lt.-col. Macartney’s Ft. 1712, Wynne’s Ft. 1712; brevet col. 1713 with effect 1711; half pay 1713; lt.-col. 2 Ft. Gds 1715, 1 Horse Gren. Gds. 1720; col. 39 Ft. 1730, 5 Ft. 1732; brig.-gen. 1735; col. 9 Drags. 1737; maj.-gen. 1739; col. 7 Drags 1741; lt.-gen. 1743; c.-in-c. Scotland 1745.
William Cope of Icombe, Gloucestershire, married the widow of his kinsman, Sir John Cope of Hanwell, and daughter of the 1st Earl of Westmorland. He died 1691, leaving two daughters and one son, Henry, a retired army officer, who in 1689 had married the widow of an exciseman. Presumably disapproving of this marriage, William Cope entailed his estate on the son, but with remainder to the daughters, so disinheriting Henry’s only son, the future Sir John Cope.
In 1706 John Cope was appointed page