Richard Copleston of Woodland

Just stumbled across another finding. This time at St Giles Church near Torrington, that I visited last year. Appears that the slate epitaph hidden behind the church organ turns out to be that of Richard Copleston of Woodland who died in 1617.
The author James Grimwood-Taylor also believes that the 1586 tomb of another Richard Copleston is buried underneath the organ itself. An interesting read, and I’ll get in touch with James for more information.

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The Image is a panel taken from the Copleston residence that was once established in Woodland, near Torrington. The panel is safely kept at The Victoria and Albert museum in London.

Edward Copleston, Bishop of Llandaff 1828-1849

Edward Copleston, Bishop of Llandaff presented this clock to Cowbridge, South Wales (out of his own pocket) in 1836.!&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2019

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Cop(p)leston(e)s on Facebook

Hi to all Cop(p)leston(e)s out there.

We have a “virtual” family reunion at the following facebook page.

If you are a Cop(p)leston(e), or can prove you have Cop(p)leston(e) ancestry, then please join us, on our closed facebook site.

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OPL 245 scandal and Shell’s former MI6 spies…John Copleston

Found this on a search of the Internet recently

OPL 245 scandal and Shell’s former MI6 spies…John Copleston and Guy Colegate

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As per Jane Hayter-Hames book, “The History of Chagford”, the cottage known as Bellacouch was said to be built and owned by Christopher Copleston.

There were Copleston rectors of the local church too. Thomas Copleston in 1447 and Francis Copleston in 1539.

For more info see my web page using this link Chagford on





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John (Jack) Henry Copleston

At this time of year, I just wanted to remember the uncle I never knew. I was more than shocked to find out some years ago of his fate in 1943.

Jack was killed 16th July 1943 at Primosole Bridge, Sicily, aged just 24.

4079715 – Private John Henry Copleston, 9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry.


Jack is one of my heroes, lost to his family, so far away, but not forgotten.

There is page on my website dedicated to him.

Jack is laid to rest in the Catania War Cemetery in Sicily.

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Frederick Copleston – A History of Philosophy

Frederick Copleston (1907-1994) grew up in England. He was raised in an Anglican home but converted to Catholicism while a student at Marlborough College. He later became a Jesuit and then pursued a career in academia. He studied and lectured at Heythrop College and wrote an eleven-volume History of Philosophy, which is highly respected. He also spent time teaching at Gregorian University in Rome and, after he retired, lectured at Santa Clara University in California. He was appointed a member of the British Academy in 1970. He is famous for debating Bertrand Russell over the existence of God in a 1948 BBC broadcast.



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