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Lorraine Copeland

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Allegiance  United Kingdom,
Name  Lorraine Copeland
Years of service  1940–1942
Role  Archaeologist

Rank  Field agent
Died  May 2013, France
Awards  MBE, DSC
Books  Deeds of Darkness
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Service/branch  Special Operations ExecutiveOffice of Strategic Services
Relations  Miles Copeland, Jr. (husband), Miles Copeland III (son), Ian Copeland (son), Lorraine Copeland (daughter), Stewart Copeland (son)
Spouse  Miles Copeland Jr. (m. 1942–1991)
Children  Stewart Copeland, Miles Copeland III, Ian Copeland, Lennie Copeland
Grandchildren  Scott Copeland, Jordan Copeland
Similar People  Miles Copeland Jr, Ian Copeland, Stewart Copeland, Miles Copeland III, Sonja Kristina

Lorraine Copeland

Lorraine Copeland (born Elizabeth Lorraine Adie, 1921, died 27 April 2013) was an archaeologist specialising in the Palaeolithic period of the Near East. She was a secret agent with the Special Operations Executive during World War II. She had four children all of whom went on to prominent positions in their respective industries.


Lorraine Copeland Lorraine Copeland Adie 1921 2013 Genealogy

Early life

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Born Elizabeth Lorraine Adie in Scotland, she was the daughter of a prominent Harley Street neurosurgeon. She was privately educated at Wycombe Abbey in Buckinghamshire.

Special Operations Executive

Copeland worked for British Intelligence during the Second World War, in the Special Operations Executive. She met her American husband, Miles Copeland, Jr., during this period, when he was based in the UK undertaking counter-intelligence for the OSS (Office of Strategic Services). They married on 25 September 1942 and soon afterwards Miles' work took them to the Near East, particularly Syria, Lebanon and Egypt, and it was whilst in this area that Copeland first developed her interest in archaeology.


Copeland worked in the field of Palaeolithic archaeology for over fifty years, and was associated with the University College London Institute of Archaeology. She was an adviser to the Stone Age Institute. In 2004 the festschrift "From the River to the Sea: The Palaeolithic and the Neolithic on the Euphrates and in the Northern Levant " was published in her honour.


Copeland married Miles on 25 September 1942 at St Mary's Church, Great Portland Street, London. The couple had four children, all of whom went on to have notable careers; their eldest son Miles Copeland III (born 2 May 1944) as an executive in the entertainment industry, Ian Copeland (born 25 April 1949) as a music promoter and booking agent, Lorraine "Lennie" Copeland as a writer and film producer and Stewart Copeland (born 16 July 1952) as a musician best known as the drummer for the band The Police. Her husband Miles Jr. died in February 1991, and her son Ian predeceased her in May 2006. Lorraine Copeland died at Chateau Marouatte in Dordogne, France, on 27 April 2013.

  • Aurenche, Olivier; Le Mière, Marie and Sanlaville, Paul (eds) (2004) From the River to the Sea: The Paleolithic and the Neolithic on the Euphrates and in the Northern Levant. Studies in honour of Lorraine Copeland Maison de l'Orient Méditerranéen BAR S1263 ISBN 1-84171-621-9. A full bibliography of Lorraine Copeland's work is provided in this volume.
  • References

    Lorraine Copeland Wikipedia