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Thomas Colepeper

Male - Aft 1309


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  • Name Thomas Colepeper  [1
    Born of Brenchley, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth Abt 1230  of Brenchley, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Died Aft 1309  [3
    Person ID I12371  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of GFS, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Children 
    +1. Geoffrey Culpepper,   b. of Preston Hall, Aylesford, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1390
    +2. Thomas Colepeper,   b. Abt 1260,   d. 1321, Winchelsea, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F8066  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From History of the Manor and Parish of Saleby, citation details below:

      "The Colepepers were a Kentish family, and according to John Weaver 'a familie of exemplarie note both here and sometime in the County of Rutland.' Though the only exemplary facts he notices about them are that one member of the family was 'hanged, drawne and quartered at Winchelsey,' and another 'beheaded at Tyborne.'

      "Their origin is obscure, for the name does not occur in the older records. It was only in the reign of Edward II that they began to obtain a more prominent position, though earlier mention of them is found in the Patent Rolls.

      "In 1303 Thomas Colepeper of Brenchesle [Brenchley, co. Kent], was pardoned for homicides etc., and his sons Thomas and Walter for breaking the park of the prior of Christchurch, Canterbury, at Westwell; and the park of the prior of Michelham at Michelham; and hunting and carrying away deer, and for felonies etc. In 1305 Thomas Colepepere of Smerehill was found guilty of felonies by a commission appointed to inquire touching vagabonds in Kent and Sussex.

      "Edward I, owing to the great need of men for his constant wars, was pleased to sweep into the recruiting net a large number of able-bodied evil-doers, giving them a chance to redeem their lives on the field of battle. Whether this system tended to encourage crime or not we cannot say, but many of these turbulent and unruly subjects made excellent soldiers.

      "It was in consideration of their service in Scotland that Thomas Colepeper and his two sons received pardon; and if this Thomas was an ancestor of the Colepepers of Bay Hall, as seems highly probable, then the Scottish expedition may also have proved a turning point in the family history."

  • Sources 
    1. [S375] Col. F. W. T. Atree and the Rev. J. H. L. Booker, "The Sussex Colepepers." Sussex Archaeological Collections, 47:47, 1904, and 48:65, 1905.

    2. [S436] History of the Manor and Parish of Saleby with Thoresthorpe in the County of Lincoln, With Some Owners, by Reginald C. Dudding, Rector of Saleby. Horncastle: W. K. Morton and sons, 1922.

    3. [S241] Culpepper Connections: The Culpepper Family History Site.