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Notices of the Family of Copinger.

[Jan. mainder by the late Sir Gilbert East, trix; and who, dying on the 10th of of Hall Place, Bart., in the parish of March, 1532, was buried likewise in Hurley.

the same place, together with his wife, The old mansion of Lady Place, who deceased on the 2d of Feb. 1512, with its enclosure of fifteen acres, with the following memorial : having fish-ponds communicating with

“Walter Copynger, gent. which died the the Thames, and venerable even in X. of Marche, an. MDXXXII. and Beatrix his decay, having been much neglected, wife, the second of February MDX11." or inadequately occupied, for so many

The following curious grant, given years, is almost past repair as a mo

in the year 1513 to this Sir Walter dern habitation, nor is its future destination at present known. It cannot Copinger, by that ruthless monarch fail, however, to be agreeable to the Henry the Eighth, who, in this in

stance seems to have had a special renumerous readers of the Gentleman's Magazine, to have an accurate view of gard to the head of his loving subject,

is still extant in the Glebe-house at a place of such notoriety (see Plate I.) Buxhall :from a recent drawing by that celebrated artist, John Buckler, Esq.

Henry R.--Henry, by the grace of God F.A.S., to whom and his son, John King of England and of France, and Lord of

Ireland. Chessell Buckler, Esq. author of “ Observations on the original architecture

“ To all manor our subjects, as well of of Magdalen College, Oxford,” and of of the temporal auctority, these our Letters

the spiritual pre-eminence and dignities, as "An Account of the Royal Palace at hearing or seeing, and to every of them Eltham, our ecclesiastical and other greeting. Whereas we be credibly informed antiquities are under the highest ob- that our trusty and well-beloved subject ligations for correct delineation and Walter Copinger is so diseased in his head description.

W. M. that without his great danger he cannot be

conveniently discovered of the same : In

consideration whereof, we have by these Some brief Notices of the Family of presents licensed him to use and wear bis COPINGER, of Buxhall, co. Suffolk. Bonet upon his said head, as well in our preGlebe House, Nave

sence as elsewhere, at his liberty. Whereof URBAN,

we will and command you and every of you stock, Esser.

to permit and suffer him so to do, without SUBJOINED are a few scattered any your challenge, disturbance, or interNotices of the Family of Copinger; a ruption to the contrary, as ye and every of family which was once so famous for you tender our pleasure. Given under its hospitality, that “to live like Co- our sigoet, at our manor of Greenwych, the pinger” became a proverbial expres

24th day of October, in the fourth year of sion throughout the county of Suffolk.

our reigne.—Henry R.” They were originally, and at a very They had issue two sons, viz. Henry, early period, seated at Farcings Hall, of whom hereafter, and William,“who in the parish of Buxhall, and were was bred a fishmonger in London, and lords of that manor. Here they flou- so prospered, through God's good prorished in great repute for many gene. vidence, in his trade, that he became rations.

Lord Mayor of that city in the year The first of this ancient and highly- 1512, and received the honour of respectable family, of whom I find any knighthood. What estate God gave authentic account on record, is John him, which was very large, he divided Copynyer, who was twice married. at his death to God and man; that is, His first wife appears to have been half to the poor, and other pious uses, Anne, the only daughter of John Sor and half to his heirs and kindred.” rel, from whom he inherited the ma

“ His bounty," says Fuller, “ mindech nor of Bucks-hall. He deceased in

me of the words of Zaccheus to our Sa1517, and was interred in the church

viour: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods of Buxhall, with the following inscrip- I give to the poor; and if I have taken any tion, as given by Weever : viz.

thing froin any man by fulse accusation, I re

store him fourfold.'- Luke, xix. 8. “ John Copyoger, Esquire, Lord and Pa

“ Demand not of me whether our Copintrou, Anne and Jane his wives, who had vii. children, and dyceased an. MDXVII."

ger made such plentiful restitution, being

confident there was no cause thereof, seeing 11. He was succeeded by his son, he was never one of the publicans; persons

Copinger, who married Bea. universally infamous for extortion. Ocher



1831.] Notices of the Rev. Henry Copinger, of Lavenham. 13 wise I confess, that that charity which is brace, be answered, he intended to be a diant bottomed on justice, is but built on a vine. “I like it well," said the old gentlefoundered foundation. I am sorry to see “otherwise what shall I say to Martin this gentleman's ancient arms (the epidemi- Luther, when I shall see him in heaven ; cal disease of that age) substracted (in point and he knows that God gave me eleven sons, of honour) by the addition of a superfluous and I made not one of them a Minister?” Bordure."

An expression proportionable enough to III. Henry Copinger, the eldest son,

Luther's judgment, who maintained, some succeeded his father at Buxhall. He

hours before his death, that the saints in married Agnes, the seventh daughter another. Laneham living fell void; which

heaven shell knowingly converse one with of Sir Thomas Jermyne, of Rushbroke,

both deserved a good minister, being a rich Knt., by Anne his wife, the daughter parsonage ; and needed so, it being more of Thomas Sprynge, of Lavenham, than suspicious that Dr. Reinolds, late inesq. They had issue eleven sons, of cumbent, who ran away to Rome, bad left whom Ambrose was presented by his some superstitious leaven behind him. The father, in 1569, to the rectory of Bux. Earl of Oxford, being patron, presents Mr. hall, and died in the following year.

Copinger to it, but adding withal that he IV. Henry, the fourth son, was

would pay no tithes of his park, being alborn in 1550, and received his acade

most half the land of the parish. Copinger mical education at St. John's College,

desired to resign it again to his lordship, Cambridge, of which Society he was

rather than by such sinful gratitude to be

« Well ! if elected Fellow. On entering into holy tray the rights of the church.

of that mind, then take the tithes,' orders, he was promoted to a Preben- saith the Earl, I scorn that my estate dal stall in the cathedral church of should swell with church goods. However, York. By a mandate from Queen it afterwards cost Master Copinger sixteen Elizabeth, he was elected Master of hundred pounds, in keeping his questioned Magdalen College, Cambridge, which, and recovering his detained righis, in suit at her request, and to avoid a forcible with the agent for the next (minor) E. of removal, he afterwards resigned; but

Oxford and others; all which he left to his soon after this, viz. in 1577, he was churches quiet possession ; being zealous in presented by the Earl of Oxford, the

God's cause, but remiss in his own. He then patron, to the rectory of Laven

lived forty and five years the painful parson

of Laneham, in which market town there ham. He was an intimate friend of

were about nine hundred communicants ; that eminent scholar and renowned

amongst whom, all his time, no difference wit of the seventeenth century, the did arise which he did not compound. He Rev. George Ruggle, A.M. and Fellow had a bountiful hand and plentiful purse of Clare Hall, Cambridge, the inge- (his paternal inheritance, by death of elder nious writer of that celebrated drama- brothers, and other transactions, descending tic satire, the comedy of “Ignoramus," upon him), bequeathing twenty pounds in and from him received the following money, and ten pounds per annum, to the legacy :

poor of the parish ; in the chancel whereof

he lieth buried under a fair monument, dying “ Item, I give and bequeath to my wor

on St. Thomas his day, in the threescore thy friend, Mr. Henry Copinger the elder,

and twelfth year of his age.” of Lavenham, fifty shillings to make him a ring."

Mr. Copinger deceased on the 21st

of December, 1622, and was interred Dr. Fuller, in his “ Church His.

in the chancel of the church of Laventory,” gives the following interesting ham ; where, on the north side of the account of this spirited divine :

altar, a very handsome monument is “ 1622, Dec. 21.-Henry Copioger, for- erected to his memory, of marble and merly Feilow of St. John's College, in Cam. alabaster, gilt and painted. It consists bridge, Prebendary of Yorke, opce Chaplain of an arched recess, between two Coto Ambrose Earl of Warwick (whose fupe

rinthian pillars, supporting a cornice ral serinon he preached), made Master of

surmounted with the arms of the faMagdalene College in Cambridge, by her Majesty's mandate, though afterwards re

mily. In this recess are represented,

in alto relievo, the reverend divine and signing his right at the Queen's (shall I call it?) request, to prevent trouble, ended

his wife, facing each other, and kneel. his religious life. He was the sixth sop of ing before a table, with their hands in Henry Copinger of Bucks Hall, in Suffolke, the attitude of prayer. They are both esquire, by Agoes, daughter of Sir Thomas habited in black, with white ruffs Jermyn. His father, on his death-bed, ask- round their necks. Under the princiing him what course of life he would en- pal figures are three compartments.




14 Notices of the Rev. Henry Copingers of Lavenham. [Jan. In the middle are seen their children years, died peaceably the 21st of Dec. A. habited in black, and kneeling before 1622." a covered table ; eight sons, two and

On a tablet underneathtwo, on one side, and four daughters, “ This monument of Dr. Henry Copinger singly, on the other. The first of the

was new beautified, Auno Domini 1721, by former is represented cross-gartered Mrs. Judith Brinkley, daughter of Thomas down the leg, in the fashion alluded Burly, gent. and Margaret, his wife, third to by Shakspeare in the fifth act of his daughter and coheir of Ambrose Copinger, Twelfth Night. On either side of the D. D). by Judith his wife, only daughter of monument, upon a pedestal, stands an

Roger Keddington, gent. ; which Ambrose angel at full length, with a scroll in

was second son of the said Henry, and also

Rector of this parish, and of Buxhall, where his hand, on one of which is written,

he was buried.'' “ dilecti accipite coronam vitæ ;” and on the other, “mortui venite ad judi

In a circle—“Justorum memoria.

benedicetur." cium.” Over one angel, on the cornice, “novissimus lectus sepulchrum;"

On the top of the monument are and over the other, “ viventes sequen

three escutcheons, viz. tur mortuos.”

1. The arms of Copinger. On a tablet, on the left hand, is this

Jerasyn, Sable, a cres

cent between two mullets in pale, Arg. inscription :

Io the centre, six quarterings; viz. “ Sacrum memoriæ Henrici Coppingeri, 1st, Copioger ; 2d, on a bend four ... ; 3d, antiquissima Coppingerorū familia, in agro Clopton, Sabl. a bend Arg. between two hoc Suffolcieosi, oriundi, hujus ecclesiæ per cotises dancette ; 4th, Arg: a fess between quadraginta et quinque annos pastoris; pa- three boars' heads couped ; 5th, Arg. a fess cifici, fidelissimi, et vigilantissim.i

. Moou. between three bugle horns stringed proper ; mentum hoc, amoris et pietatis ergo, dilec. 6th, Copinger. tissima uxor, Anna, marito optimè merenti,

Under the arch, Clopton impaling heu invita superstes, merens posuit.

viz. Gul, a chevron between Amans maritus, prole foecundus pater, Sancti pius pastor gregis,

three lions passant Or. Qui sensa dextrè codicis docuit sacri Mr. Copinger devised by his will, * Nec voce quàm vitâ majus ;

dated the 31st Dec. 1621, as follows: Qui largå abundè favit indiyis manu

“To four of the most aged, needy, and Securus apponæ domi.

impotent persons in Lanehame, which shall Hic plenus annis, plenior deo, jacet,

be after the death of Ambrose my son, and Secum polo gregem trahens

Judith his now wife, I give all the benefit Mutus jacet ; sed lingua quæ vivo decus, and profit which shall arise of the tenement Vitam paravit mortuo.'

and yard, which now James Write dwelleth

in and used, and all the free meadow called On a tablet on the left side

the Church Meadow, and the three rood, " This monument was erected at the sole more or less, of copie lying in that meadow, cost of Mrs. Ann Coppinger, in meinory of if the lord of that manor will consent thereher deare husband, the Rev'd and godly unto, to the use of four such parties as bedivine Mr. Henry Copinger, (fourth son of fore be named successively for ever; which Henry Copinger, of Buxhal, in this county, four persons, proposed to receive that beneesq. by Agnes his wife, daughter to Sir fit, are to be nominated by my sons, WilTho's. Jermine, of Rushbrooke Hall, kot.) liam, Henry, Ralplı, Francis, and Thomas, the painful aud vigilant Rector of this church the parson of the town then being, the headby the space of 45 years, Prebendary of the boroughs of that town, or the greater nummetropolitan church of St. Peter's in Yorke, ber of them; and if all my sons be dead, or Lord of the towne, and patron of the church being requested to join in choice of any of of Buxhall aforesaide ; who marryed Ann, these, refuse, then my mind is, that the daughter to Henry Fisher, of Linne, in Nor- parson and headhoroughs, if the parson be folk, gent., and by her had 8 sopues and 4 resident, otherwise the greater part of the daughters; and, after he had lived godly 72 headboroughs without the parson, to make


* For the copy of this will, I am indebted to Mr. M.Keon's interesting : Inquiry into the Charities of Laveuham;" a work recently published, and which, in its execution, evinces great talent and research. It affords much matter for serious reflection; and if it should, unfortunately, not lead to the reform of any preseut misapplication of the large bequests which belong to that parish, it will at least serve as a record to preserve the existing funds from future malversation, as well as a lasting proof of the author's benevolent intentions.

Foreign Literary Fragments.

15 choice of such as shall receive that help: Barbier d’Aucour, a French advoand if the lord of the nanor will not permit cate of talent, married the daughter of the copy plece therein to be applied to that his bookseller, as a discharge of his good use, then I give that copy piece, after

bill. Ambrose and his now wife's death, to Tho

A remarkable story is told of a mas my youngest son, and his heirs; the intent of me is that the headboroughs of French dog, in the Variétés sérieuses et Laneham have the estate of the land to the amusantes. The bridge St. Michel at only use beforesaid."

Paris fell down in 1616; a child, who Ambrose having died in or about

was buried among the ruins, owed the Nov. 1644, and Judith his wife on the preservation of his life to two beams 3d of Nov. 1675, the charity was, falling, and formed a sort of shed over

which struck against each other in soon after the demise of the latter, ap- him. 'A dog happened to be close to plied in accordance with the will of his side, and escaped in the same the testator. The following account of the first he barked with all his might, and drew

manner. Finding himself a prisoner, appointment of persons to partake of

several the charity, is extracted from the persons to the spot, who extriAccount Book :"

cated him; but missing the child, who

had not been observed, he returned to “Of all the five sonnes which the donor, the ruins, resumed his former place, by his will, did appoint to joyne with the

and began to bark again, till he atparson and headboroughs of the towne, in

tracted attention once more, and was the choice of the foure poore persons,

taken out, as well as the child. there was none that was alive at the death of Mrs. Judith Copinger, save only Mr. Henry, the laws as shoemakers do leather ;

Louis XII. said that lawyers treat who, being requested to joyne in the said choice, did refuse, and made his owne re- they stretch, bend, and batter them, quest to the other electors that he himself till they bring them to what shape they might be chosen for one of the foure to par- please. take of the benefit. To whoin, being very Hobbes observes, that ignorance of aged aod low in estate, his said request was true principles is less dangerous than readiely granted.”

pertinacity in false ones.

Manilius has a line well worth the FOREIGN LITERARY FRAGMENTS. attention of Reviewers :-" Pro captu MR. URBAN,

Jan. 2. lectoris habent sua fata libelli.” ONE of the earliest specimens of a To think and reason justly in a conDiotessaron, is the third part of Le fined sphere, says a French writer, is Romant des trois Palerinaiges, 4to. b. by no means easy. This should be 1. 15.—The first part contains the Life suggested to those who are fond of soof Man in this world; the second, litude. treats of the soul separate from the The well-known lines, “ Sunt aries, body; and the third is a life of Jesus taurus, &c.” were made by Anianus, Christ, compiled from the four Gos- an astronomer of the 15th century, pels. The author was Guillaume de author of a Latin poem on astronomy. Guileville, monk of Chaaliz (Chalus ?). Angran d’Alleray, a magistrate of

The first mention of the Small-pox Paris, was brought before the revoluis in an essay on that disorder, by Aa- tionary tribunal, in 1794, at the age ron of Alexandria, a priest and physi- of 69, on the charge of having forcian of the seventh century. He de- warded money to the royalists. He rives its origin from Egypt, where the acknowledged that he had done so to Arabs caught it, and introduced it by M. de la Luzerne, his son-in-law. their conquests into Europe.

Were you ignorant that the law forThomas d'Andrada, a Portuguese bade it ?” said one of the judges. monk of the Augustine order, followed “No,” he replied; "but the law of Don Sebastian into Africa, and was nature spoke louder to my heart than taken prisoner at the battle of Alcazer the law of the republic.” Kebir. The court sent over a suffi- The practice of computing by the cient sum of money to purchase his æra of Jesus Christ, was first invented freedom, but he nobly preferred re- by Dionysius, surnamed the Less, a maining in slavery, that he might Roman monk, in the year 532. console his fellow-captives. He com- Vosgieu (l'advocat) says, in his Dicposed a little treatise, on the Sufferings tionnaire Géographique, that one part of Christ, during his detention, which of the city of Orense, in Spain, which has been often re-printed.

is situated at the foot of a hill, suffers

16 Remarks on French Writers.--Syrian Christians. [Jan. the severest cold, while another quar- nice, that of the Gracchi, and the hister enjoys the mildness of spring. tory of Don Carlos, are now regarded,

Who is the author of the pentame- and with reason, as ingenious roter, which alludes to the frequent vi- mances, which contain nothing true cissitudes of the Margraviate of Bran- but the names of the parties, and some denburgh?

facts which are too much adapted to Mutavit dominos Marchia sæpe suos. his brilliant imagination. In spite of

Kirloff, a living Russian poet, is the these defects, we cannot refuse him author of several dramatic pieces, but the praise of genius, and of having his fame is chiefly owing to his talents shed over his style a seductive illusion, as a fabulist. The Countess Orloff, which makes us regret that we cannot an admirer of his writings, formed add conviction to the interest which the idea of extending their reputation he produces in the mind of his readers. throughout Europe, by translations ;


CYDWELI. but her design was interrupted by death, in 1824. - However, her hus- MR. URBAN,

Jan. 3. band completed it, and published two THE Syrian Christians of St. Thovolumes with French and Italian ver. mas, in the South of India, appear, sions. The principal French poets, of from the narrative of Dr. Buchanan, both sexes, were concerned in the to be a very interesting people, though, work, particularly Ségur, Daru, Jouy, indeed, the late Bishop Heber, a less the Delavignes, Rouget de l'Isle (au- sanguine judge, was inclined to think thor of the Marsellais Hymn), Stassart, his representations overcharged. One Madame Delphine Gay, &c. The ty- of the most obscure points in their hispographical part was executed by Fir- tory is the origin of their name ; some min Didot. On account of the many referring it to St. Thomas the Apostle, composers, this work has been com- and others, I believe, to a Nestorian pared to the famous Garland of Julia. missionary of the sixth century.

CYDWELI. There is, however, a legend on this

subject, which ought to be examined, CRITICAL REMARKS ON FRENCH even if rejected at last. I mean the WRITERS.

Apostolical History of Abdias, discoCharacter of Crevier.—His arrange- vered by Wolfgang Lazius in a monasment of facts in the History of the tery of Germany, and published in Roman Empire) does not want order : 1551. It is supposed to have been it contains just remarks, useful reflec- written about the sixth century, and tions, and good feeling in the course of to have been framed from older matethe narrative; but the style is heavy, rials, perhaps from the apocryphal diffuse, generally careless, faulty, and Acts of the Apostles. I have not seen without elevation.-Sabatier de Cas- it myself, but extract this information tres.

from a French miscellany. Maupertius.--Good philosopher, and The chapters are entitled as follow : able literatist. In his works, elegance 1. Peter; 2. Paul; 3. Andrew (nodoes not detract from depth, or pre- thing is said of his coming into Scotcision from perspicuity. Method ren- land); 4. James the Great; 5. John; ders every thing intelligible, as well as 6. James the Less, Simon, and Jude ; easy to retain. By turns, geometri- 7. Matthew; 8. Bartholomew; 9. cian, astronomer, naturalist, geogra- Thomas ; 10. Philip. The labours of pher, moralist, he is always an in- Bartholomew, as well as of Thomas, structive and amusing writer, because are placed in India, but in what part lessons are pleasing when they do not is not mentioned in the extract. The come as lessons, and when one has legend of Thomas is as follows : the art of informing, without the re- An Indian merchant passing through pulsive tone of dictation.—Ibid. Syria, stopped at Jerusalem. The

Saint Real.-Pupil of Varillas, whose Deity appeared to him in open day, in style, taste, and love of the marvellous, a human form, and demanded what he has adopted. However, he excels brought him so far from his country. his master in purity of style, and ex- He replied, that he came from his actness of language, and has more master, King Gundafer, and was seekability, though he has written less. ing a skilful architect to build him a If he had rejected untrue anecdotes, palace. He was led to the house of and chosen better authenticated facts, St. Thomas, who was pointed out to his pieces of history i eve passed him as a fit person, and they departed for models; but!

nf Ve. together for India. They arrived after

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