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Authorised form of nameCopley; Sir; Godfrey (? 1653 - 1709)
SurnameCopley
ForenamesGodfrey
Dates? 1653 - 1709
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
? 1653
Death:
His house in Red Lion Square, Westminster (09 April 1709)
Burial:
Sprotborough, Yorkshire
ActivityEducation:
Lincoln's Inn (admitted 1674)
Career:
Sheriff of Yorkshire (1676-1677, 1677-1678); MP for Aldborough (1679-1681); MP for Thirsk (1695-death); Commissioner of Public Accounts; Controller of Army Accounts (1691); close friend of Sir Hans Sloane (FRS 1685); died of a quinsy; left money to the Royal Society which was used to found the Copley Medal (first awarded 1736)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
30/11/1691
Council:
1692-1693, 1695-1699, 170-1708
RelationshipsSon of Sir Godfrey Copley, Bart, of Sprotborough and his first wife, Eleanor, daughter of Sir Thomas Walmsley of Dunkenhalgh, Leicestershire, and his wife Johana, daughter of Sir Richard Molyneux, Bart, of Sefton; succeeded his father as 2nd Bart (1677).
Married 1) Catherine, daughter of John Pucell of Natribia, Montgomeryshire: they had one daughter, Catherine; 2) Gertrude, daughter of Sir John Carew of Anthony, Cornwall and his wife, Mary, daughter of Sir William Morcie, Bart, of Werrington
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; Hunter; GEC Baronetage; Henning; LI
References:
W H G Armytage, 'Sir Godfrey Copley, FRS (1653-1709). Some Tercentenary Glimpses through Letters to his Friends' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 54-74, plate
R E W Maddison, 'Abraham Hill, FRS (1635-1722)' in NR 1960 vol 15 pp 173-182
Notes:
Proposed by Sir John Hoskins. GEC says he was said to have been 13 at the Heralds' Visitation of Yorkshire in 1666
Royal Society codeNA8421
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MM/10/10Deed transferring £392.17.1 of South Sea stock from Sir Godfrey Copley's estate to Mary Copley and Jasper Blythman8 September 1721
MM/11/58Copy of the probate of the Will of Godfrey Copley14 October 1704
MM/11/57Copy of the probate of the Will of Godfrey Copley14 October 1704
MM/14/132Letter from Godfrey Copley to Thomas Kirke 20 November 1667
IM/000952Copley, Sir Godfreynd
MS/390/96Bond of Sir Godfrey Copley to the Treasurer of the Royal Society30 November 1691
NLB/69/272Copy letter from Francis Alexander Towle, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Prof. Karl Pearson, FRS19 February 1926
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