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Walter Culpeper

Male - 1516


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  • Name Walter Culpeper 
    Born of Wigsell, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 14 Sep 1514 and 28 Apr 1516  [2
    Alternate death Bef 24 Jun 1515  [3
    Person ID I19489  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JTS
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2017 

    Father John Culpepper,   b. Abt 1430, of Bedgebury, Goudhurst, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1480  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Mother Agnes Gainsford,   d. Bedgebury, Goudhurst, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 7 Jul 1460  [4
    Family ID F8038  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne Aucher,   d. Aft 4 Sep 1532 
    Children 
    +1. Elizabeth Culpeper,   b. Abt 1499, Ford Hall, Wrotham, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1520 and 1532  (Age ~ 21 years)
    Last Modified 7 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F12067  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He was under-marshall of Calais by October 1508, when he is recorded as present for the marriage of Mary, daughter of Henry VII, to the Duke of Burgundy, afterwards the emperor Charles V. At the beginning of Henry VIII's reign he is assigned a Crown tenement in Fisherstrete in Calais and an annuity of £20 out of the revenues of the town. Two years later, in November, 1511, being by then 'squire of the body' of Henry VIII, he was also granted the post of Bailiff of the Scavage of Calais and the Isle of Colne.

      From Culpepper Connections:

      His crowning hour came in August, 1513, when his young master was engaged in the invasion of France to assert an outworn claim of inheritance of that realm, and it was Walter's fortune to be left for the moment in responsible command of the garrison of Calais. The chronicler Hall records (Holinshed iii, 580) that as the King lay before Therouanne on the Flemish border, the captain of Boulogue made a night foray on Calais seeking booty and to insult the invading English. Arriving with a thousand men at the bridge which defended the causey leading to the town, the Frenchman surprised the guard and captured the ordnance there mounted. Retaining 600 men at the bridge 'for a stale' he then dispatched the remaining 400 'into the marishes and meadows to fetch away the beasts and cattle which they should find there.' Some of these foragers approached so near the walls of Calais as to raise the alarm, whereupon:

      "about five of the clocke in the morning the gate of Calis, called Bullongue gate, was opened, and by permission of the deputie one Culpeper, the under marshall, with two hundred archers under a banner of Saint George, issued forth,' and 'set so fiercelie on that finallie the Frenchmen were discomfited and four and twentie of them slaine, besides twelve score that were made prisoners and all the ordnance and bootie again recouered. These prisoners were brought to Calais and there sold in open market."

  • Sources 
    1. [S142] Royal Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. 2013.

    2. [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.

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

    4. [S376] Janet and Robert Wolfe Genealogy.