Richard Culpeper1

Male, #37831, (circa Dec 1568 - before 2 Jul 1595)
Father*Rev. John Culpeper of Warnham (s 1529 - b 13 Mar 1590)
Mother*Margaret (?) (s 1540 - )
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper. 
Birth*circa Dec 1568 Richard was born at Ardingly, co. Sussex, England, circa Dec 1568. 
Baptism13 Jan 1569 He was baptized at Ardingly, co. Sussex, England, on 13 Jan 1569.1  
Biography He is referenced in a biographical note for Rev. John Culpeper of Warnham.1 
Will*6 Apr 1594 He made a will on 6 Apr 1594.

In the Name of God Amen.
     I Richard Culpepper being of good and perfect memory the sixth day of April One Thousand Five Hundred Ninety Four (1 Apr 1594) do make my Last Will and Testament.
     Inprimis I bequeath my soul to the Almighty God hoping through Jesus Christ to have forgiveness of my sins and my body to be buried in the Church of all Saints.
     Item. I give and bequeath to little Alice my mistress kitchen maid five shillings, and unto Alice, Mary and Bess Ten shillings a piece. Unto every one of my Fathers Godchildren two shillings, unto Agnes Dawes five pounds and every poor man in Ardingly aforesaid twelve pence.
     Item. My special will ye that at my burial there be at (the Church of All Saints) penny dole to every poor body that shall be there.
     And of this my last Will I make my Mother (Margaret (?)) Sole Executrix and to her I give all Goods and Chattels whatsoever.
     I likewise make Thomas Bourd of Lindfield and my cousin Thomas Culpepper of Balcombe (Thomas Culpeper of Naylands in Balcombe, co. Sussex) oversears of this my last Will and give them Twenty Shillings a piece for their pains hoping that they will aid my mother.
     By me Richard Culpepper.2,3 
Death*before 2 Jul 1595 He died before 2 Jul 1595. 
Probate*2 Jul 1595 Probate action was taken on Richard's estate on 2 Jul 1595 at co. Kent, England.4 
ChartsThe 12th century Culpepers of England: Descendant Chart (16 generations, Males only)
Last Edited23 May 2011


  1. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "The Sussex Colepepers, Part II", Sussex Archaeological Collections, XLVIII,65-98, (1905)
  2. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Will of Richard Culpeper, dated 6 Apr 1594, transcribed by Charles Andrew Grigsby from the image at:
  3. E-mail written 2007 to Warren Culpepper from Charles Andrew Grigsby, England, e-mail address.
  4. P.C.C., 48 Scott.