COPE, James (c.1709-56).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1754 - 1 Aug. 1756

Family and Education

b. c.1709, s. of Gen. Sir John Cope by Jane, da. of Anthony Duncombe, sis. of Anthony, 1st Lord Feversham. unm.

Offices Held

Sec. to Walter Titley at Danish court, 1729-37; sec. to commissioners to treat in Antwerp for a commercial treaty 1737-41; resident in Hamburg to the Hanse towns 1741-56. On leave 21 Aug. 1754-19 May 1755, and 21 Oct. 1755- d. 1


Cope was brought in for Downton in 1754 by his uncle, Lord Feversham, who wrote to Newcastle, 16 May 1756, to demand that his nephew should be promoted at least to the rank of envoy:2 ‘It had been better for him not to have been in Parliament, than now he is there not to receive some mark of his Majesty’s favour.’ He died in England on 1 Aug. 1756, before anything could be done for him.

Ref Volumes: 1754-1790

Author: J. A. Cannon


  • 1. D. B. Horn, British Diplomatic Reps 1689-1789, p. 71.
  • 2. Add. 32865, f. 29.