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Name  Sir Bampfylde,

Role  Politician
Sir Coplestone Bampfylde, 2nd Baronet
Died  February 9, 1692, Bathford, United Kingdom
Education  Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Sir Coplestone Bampfylde, 2nd Baronet (ca. 1633 – 9 February 1692) of Poltimore and North Molton and Warleigh, Tamerton Foliot, in Devon, was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1659 and 1689.



Bampfylde was the eldest son of Sir John Bampfylde, 1st Baronet (1590-1650), of Poltimore and North Molton, by his wife Gertrude Coplestone, 4th daughter of Amyas Coplestone and co-heiress of her brother John Coplestone of Copplestone in the parish of Colebrooke and of Warleigh in the parish of Tamerton Foliot, Devon. His brother-in-law was Sir William Morice, 1st Baronet, husband of his sister Gertrude Bampfylde.


He matriculated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford on 20 March 1651, where he befriended Sir John Drake, 1st Baronet. He succeeded to the baronetcy in 1651 on the death of his father. He was nominated Justice of the Peace for Devon in 1656 and one year later became a Commissioner for Assessment. In 1659 Bampfylde was elected Member of Parliament for Tiverton, Devon, in the Third Protectorate Parliament. Although his father and two of his uncles were considered Parliamentarians, Bampfylde himself was a very active Royalist. In February 1660 he delivered a petition from Devon's population for more rights to the king's general George Monck, on the discovery of which by Parliament he was temporarily imprisoned in the Tower of London. In 1660 he was appointed a Commissioner of Militia, serving subsequently as colonel of the Devon Militia. He became the first High Sheriff of Devon after the Restoration of the Monarchy and toured the Western Circuit as a Commissioner of Oyer and Terminer. He was a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon from 1661 and worked as Commissioner for Corporations in the following two years. In 1671 Bampfylde was elected MP for Devon in 1671 in a by-election to the Cavalier Parliament which seat he held until 1679. He was again elected MP for Devon in 1685 and held the seat until 1689.

Greets Grand Duke of Tuscany

Sir Coplestone Bampfylde is mentioned in the Travel Journal of Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1642-1723) in connection with his visit to Plymouth on 5 April 1669:

"The governor then came to take leave, and afterwards Sir Richard Edgecumbe and Mr. Prideaux came in, to wish his highness a good journey. About three they dined, and towards five, took their departure; his highness being attended by the governor on horsback, who, when they had got two miles from Plymouth, appeared at the coach-door, to take leave once more. He had wished to have paraded the military, as was done on his highness's arrival, but the latter courteously declined it. When they had proceeded about a mile after the governor's departure, there came gallopping up to the coach, Sir Copleston Bampfylde, with his wife and sister. They happened to be hunting in that neighbourhood, and wished not to lose the opportunity of performing an act of respect to his highness. The serene prince stopped the carriage, and received their compliments, but did not alight to salute them, not knowing, till afterwards, who the ladies were".

Marriage and progeny

He married twice:

  • Firstly on 16 November 1655 to Margaret Bulkeley, daughter of Francis Bulkeley of Burgate, Hampshire, by whom he had two sons and a daughter:
  • Col. Hugh Bampfield (d.1690), eldest son and heir apparent, who predeceased his father having died in a fall from his horse. He married Mary Clifford, daughter of James Clifford of Ware, by whom he had a son Sir Coplestone Bampfylde, 3rd Baronet.
  • Coplestone Bampfylde (1659-1669), 2nd son, a precocious scholar who died young aged 10 and whose monument survives on the south side of the chancel in St Mary's Church, Tamerton Foliot. His effigy, dressed like an adult man, is shown seated at a desk with hand on a book and wears a gown and band with a large bushy wig. Below are elaborate inscriptions in Latin and Greek.
  • John Coplestone Bulkeley Bampfield, 3rd son, who died without issue.
  • Margaret Bampfield, died an infant.
  • Secondly at Houghton, Devon, on 21 October 1674 to Jane Pole, daughter of Sir Courtenay Pole, 2nd Baronet of Shute, Devon; without progeny.
  • Death and burial

    Bampfyle died of gout at Warleigh and was buried at Poltimore. On his deathbed, he required his assembled family to pledge loyalty to the Church of England and to the crown.


    His eldest son Hugh Bampfield having predeceased him by one year, he was succeeded in the baronetcy by his grandson Sir Coplestone Bampfylde, 3rd Baronet.


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