Name: Walter Cope
Birth: 1556 in Hanwell, Oxon
Death: 31 JUL 1614
Burial: 1 AUG 1614 St. Mary?s Kensington, Middlesex 1
Residence: Cope Castle (Holland House), London
Occupation: Chancellor of the Exchequer to James I
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Change Date: 5 SEP 2009
3rd son, it seems.
Holland House, built in 1605 for Sir Walter Cope and originally known as Cope Castle, was one of the first great houses built in Kensington. The 500 acre estate stretched from Holland Park Avenue to the current site of Earls Court tube station.
He left Cope Castle to his wife in his will, on condition she did not remarry. When she did, the house passed to their daughter, Lady Rich, whose husband was created Earl of Holland in 1624 and beheaded for his royalist sympathies at the end of the Civil War.
Launched on his career by service to the Cecils. [But his granfather and g grandfather had been courtiers...]
When Sir Walter Cope bought the manor (of Kensington) at the end of the sixteenth century, Robert Horseman had the lease of the Abbot's manorhouse, and being unwilling to part with it, he made a compromise by which he was to be still permitted to live there. Sir Walter Cope had, therefore, no suitable manor-house, so in 1607 he built Holland House, which at first went by the name of Cope Castle. He died seven years later, leaving his widow in possession, but on her re-marriage, in another seven years, the house came to Cope's daughter Isabel, who had married Sir Henry Rich. He was created Lord Kensington a year later, and in 1624 made Earl of Holland. He added considerably to the house, which was henceforth known by his name.
His probable portrait, perhaps by John de Critz the elder, hangs at Hatfield House. (DNB)
De Critz's portrait of Sir Walter Cope, for example, bears an uncanny resemblance to Van Somer's of James I.?
(Letter to The Times, 25 March 2009. MARK BROCH, PAUL EDMONDSON, STANLEY WELLS, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.)
Father: Edward Cope b: 1517
Mother: Elizabeth Mohun b: in Wollaston, Notts
Dorothy Grenville b: 1552
- Isabella Cope b: ABT 1598
- Type: Book
Periodical: The Environs of London