Sir John Colpeper, Knt.

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Sir John Colpeper, Knt., son of Sir Thomas Colpeper, Knt. and Margery (…), married Elizabeth Hardreshull, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here).1

Sir John, who in 1348 had purchased the manor of Wigsell, in Salehurst, co. Sussex, from Simon de Etchingham, by marriage with Elizabeth, daughter and co-heiress of Sir John Hardreshull, of Hardreshull, co. Warwick, considerably augmented his patrimonial estates, and left at his death an only son and heir, Sir Thomas Colepeper, of Bayhall, in Kent., and Hardreshull, in Warwickshire.1

Sir John succeeded to Bayhall on the death of his brother Walter. He was Sheriff 1364-5, 1365-6, 1368-9 (39, 40 43 Edw III). He was joint commissioner for equipping ships 1370 with the sheriffs of Kent, Surrey, Sussex and others. (Rymer) This source is not known to us.

In Burke's Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Ireland & Scotland, p. 144-145, is the following on John Culpeper, Sheriff of Kent: "John Colepeper, esq. of Bay Hall, who was sheriff of Kent in the 43rd of Edward III [around 1370]. He m. Elizabeth, daughter and co-heir of Sir John Hardrishall, knt. of Hardrishall, in the county of Warwick, by Maud Mussenden, an heiress, and thereby became possessed of divers manors."1,2


Elizabeth Hardreshull
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  1. [S1912] F. W. T. Atree and J. H. L. Booker, "The Sussex Colepepers," Sussex Archaelological Collections 47 (1904): 47-81 and 48 (1905): 65-98, at 54, further cited as Attree and Booker, "The Sussex Colepepers."
  2. [S1913] Culpepper Family Tree, online, "Sir John Culpeper of Hardreshull and Bayhall" at, accessed Dec 2012. Hereinafter cited as Culpepper Family Tree.
  3. [S1912] Attree and Booker, "The Sussex Colepepers," chart facing 56.