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  • ID: I17965
  • Name: George Alexander COOPER
  • Given Name: George Alexander
  • Surname: Cooper
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 20 FEB 1856 in Elgin (Moray) Scotland
  • Death: 1 MAR 1940
  • Note:
    1881 Scotland Census
    George A Cooper
    Age: 25
    abt 1856
    Where born: Elgin, Moray Shire
    Registration Number: 685/2
    Registration district: St Andrew
    Civil Parish: Edinburgh St George
    County: Midlothian
    Address: 50 A Frederick St.
    Occupation: Writer
    ED: 98
    Page: 15 (click to see others on page)
    Household schedule number: 111
    Line: 23
    Roll: cssct1881_286
    Household Members: Name Age
    Isabella Cockburn 52
    Jane Cockburn 19
    Olivia B K Cockburn 32
    George A Cooper 25
    Alice Forrester 46
    James G Forrester 15
    Jane Forrester 21
    John Forrester 24
    William Forrester 18
    Lizzie Swanson

    1901 Census
    St George Hanover Square
    Mayfair and Knightsbridge
    24 Grosvenor Square

    Isabella Armand 46
    George Cooper 45
    Arthur Dennis 19
    Catherine Dow 36
    Helena Hannah 18
    Fredk Hedderfield 28
    Charles Hulcoop 40
    Salina Hulcoop 86
    Margaret Kiloh 31
    Mary Mason 28
    Isabella McKenzie 21
    Louisa Neal 21
    Henry Plaice 25
    Blanche Preader 23
    Salina Roberts 19
    John Robins 34
    Emily Slorin 21
    Carolina Sminnonts 19
    Carolina Spead 38
    Matthew Toole 21
    William Watson 27
    Alice Wish 25

    One the home of Oliver Cromwell's son, a great era began in 1902 when George Cooper, later Sir George, and his wife, Mary, bought the house. She was an American who had been left an immense fortune by her uncle. The Coopers had an estate in Scotland and a house in Grosvenor Square, where the US embassy now stands. Like many of her countrywomen of the period, Lady Cooper set about turning Hursley Park into an opulent social showplace. {George Cooper's sister's husband, the eminent Aberdeen architect Alexander Marshall Mackenzie, prepared the plans -see Dictionary of Scottish Architects}. Some 400 craftsmen worked on the house; extra wings were added, electric light installed, a library with magnificent panelling, a sumptuous drawing room, and an entertainment hall, which was available to the village for functions. The 21st birthday party for their eldest son, George, in 1911, was still a talking point among older residents 60 years on. The Coopers had their own livery -- for horse-drawn coaches and motor cars, which over the years included a Benz, Panhard, several Rolls Royces, even a 15-seat Commer coach. In World War I, Sir George made a personal donation of about 5 million to the war effort, the largest private donation of its kind. Meanwhile, Lady Cooper was instrumental in setting up an American hospital in Hursley Park, and ran her own Hospital for Officers on two floors of the house. By the outbreak of World War II the estate employed 200 people -- most of the village at that time. Sir George died in 1940 and Lord Beaverbrook requisitioned the house for the design staff of Vickers Supermarine, creators of the heroic Spitfire fighter, who had been bombed out of their Southampton base. It was the end of an era. After the war, the estate was too expensive for the family to keep up and it was sold. Present owners are St Martin's -- a subsidiary of the Kuwait Investment Corporation. Since 1958 the house (and park) has been in the hands of IBM who have carefully preserved its finest rooms.

    Poverty Bay Herald NZ 26 March 1917:
    LONDON, February 14. <
    The largest private, application yet made for war loan bonds is that of Sir George Alexander Cooper of Hursley Park, Winchester. He has subscribed for 2,600,000. The money, which has thus found its way into Great Britain's war chest was made in the United States by "Chicago" (George) Smith, who at one time virtually owned several American railroads. He died in the Reform club in London at the age of 90. He was a recluse, and had lived on twelve shillings a day. His money was divided between his nephew, "Silent' (James Henry) Smith of New York, and his niece, Mary Emma Smith, who in 1887 married George Cooper, a native of Elgin, Illinois. In 1905 Cooper was made a baronet.

    Sir George Cooper, always one of the Hunts best supporters, was Master from 1908 to 1916

    1920 - 1951. Sir George Cooper Bart, Hursley park was listed in the phone book Winchester area . His number was Hursley 2
    1943 his address was Merdon Manor, Hursley #15
    1927 - 1943
    Sir George Cooper was listed at 26 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair phone book. MAYfair 5398. later MAYfair 6500
  • Change Date: 28 DEC 2007 at 19:34:29

    Father: Alexander COOPER b: ABT 1816 in Urquhart (Moray)
    Mother: Ann Phebe JENKINS b: 1824 in England

    Marriage 1 Mary Emma SMITH b: ABT 1857 in USA
    • Married: 1887
    1. Has No Children George James Robertson COOPER b: 1890 in Elgin (Moray) Scotland
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