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Godfrey Copley (abt. 1650 - 1709)

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Sir Godfrey "2nd Baronet Copley of Sprotbrough" Copley
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Profile last modified | Created 10 Jul 2016
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Categories: Members of Parliament, Aldborough | Members of Parliament, Thirsk.


First wife was Catherine Purcell, who was the mother of his children.

Sheriff of Yorkshire Feb-Nov 1678.

MP for Aldborough, later for Thirsk.

At his death in 1709, he provided a bequest of 100 pounds to the Royal Society for funding the Copley Medal, now Britain's oldest scientific honour.


  • Clay, JW: Dugdale's Visitation of Yorkshire, with Additions, Vol 2 of 3, page 52, VII.

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