Richard Culpeper of Wakehurst1

Male, #8454, (say 1435 - circa Oct 1516)
Father*Walter Culpeper of Goudhurst, Bayhall & Hardreshull (s 1400 - 24 Nov 1462)
Mother*Agnes Roper (s 1400 - 2 Dec 1457)
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper. 
Birth*say 1435 Richard was born say 1435. 
Death of Mother2 Dec 1457 His mother Agnes Roper died on 2 Dec 1457 at Goudhurst, co. Kent, England.2 
Death of Father24 Nov 1462 His father Walter Culpeper of Goudhurst, Bayhall & Hardreshull died on 24 Nov 1462 at Goudhurst, co. Kent, England
Marriage*say 1464 He married Margaret Wakehurst say 1464. Richard and Margaret had no children. 
Biography* Nicholas, with his brother, Richard, under somewhat romantic circumstances, married the Wakehurst sisters, (granddaughters and co-heiresses of Richard Wakehurst, sen., of Wakehurst, in Ardingly). These two girls were confided by Elizabeth, their grandmother, to the care of John Colepeper and Agnes, his wife, the former of whom "promysed on the faithe and trouthe of his bodye and as he was a gentylman," that they should not be wronged. In spite of this promise, however, Richard and Nicholas, "with force and armes riotously agense the Kynges peas arayed in the manr of warre at Goutherst toke and caried" them away to Bobbing, Alexander Clifford's place in Kent, and afterwards transported them to London to a place of John Gibson, "the seide Margarete and Elizabeth at the tyme of their takyng away makyng grete and pittious lamentacion and wepyng."

This high-handed proceeding on the part of the two fortune hunting brothers was productive of much litigation, as Elizabeth Wakehurst, grandmother of the two heiresses, refused to resign the title deeds of their estates, and it was some time before a peaceable settlement was obtained. Richard died without issue, but Nicholas became the ancestor of the Colepepers of Wakehurst, and as the brass to him and his wife Elizabeth in Ardingly Church shows ten sons and eight daughters, we may conclude that they lived long and happily together.3

Also see on this website "Abduction: An Alternative Form of Courtship?" This is a paper written by Julia Pope, M.A. and presented at the International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo. MI, May 2003. Based upon the 15th century abduction of the Wakehurst sisters by the Culpeper brothers, it can be viewed at: http://gen.culpepper.com/ss/p8456.htm
Death of Spouse1504 His wife Margaret Wakehurst died in 1504 at Wakehurst, Ardingly, co. Sussex, England
Will*22 Sep 1516 He made a will on 22 Sep 1516.

An abstract (partly translated from Latin) of the Will of Richard Culpeper, Esq., follows:
     22 Sep 1516, 8 Henry VIII. I Richard Culpeper of the parish of Ardingly, co. Sussex, Esq. and son of Walter Culpeper late of Goudhurst co. Kent Esq. (Walter Culpeper of Goudhurst, Bayhall & Hardreshull) and brother of Sir John Culpeper late of Goudhurst (John Culpeper of Bayhall, Hardreshull & Bedgebury) aforesaid make my testament. To be buried in the chancel of the church of Ardingly next the sepulture of Margaret Culpeper late my wife (Margaret Wakehurst). Bequests to the brothers of the house of Moatenden in Kent, Lewes in Sussex, Newgate in London and Lossenham in Kent. To Anne Pympe my cousin 10 marks at marriage or at 26. To the mending of the roads within the manor of Wakehurst and Seldwyke Cross 13s 4d. To Richard Culpeper (Richard Culpeper of Wakehurst) son and heir of Nicholas Culpeper (Nicholas Culpeper of Wakehurst) a bond or obligation of the said Nicholas for £5 6s 8d. To Master Edward Culpeper (Rev. Edward Culpeper D.C.L.) brother of the aforesaid Richard 40s. Residuary legatee Elizabeth Culpeper (Elizabeth Wakehurst) widow of my late brother Nicholas, and I appoint her together with Thomas Culpeper (Thomas Culpeper of Crawley, Esq.), George Culpeper (George Culpeper of Naylands in Balcombe, co. Sussex) and Richard Culpeper (Richard Culpeper of Lewes), younger sons of the aforesaid Nicholas Culpeper executrix Culpeper, Esq. and Master Edward Culpeper brother of the aforesaid Richard my overseers. Witnesses John Yonge, Vicar of West Hoathly, Henry Wellys, Thomas Doggett, Christopher Payne, and William Hordys with others.
     Will as to lands of Richard Culpeper, Esq. "one of the sons of Walter Culpeper of Goudhurst, Esquire, and brother to Sir John Culpeper, sometime of Goudhurst, Knight" 22 Sep 1516. To Elizabeth Culpeper (Elizabeth Culpeper) my sister a croft (a small piece of land, usually attached to a house, used for farming or pasture) in Horsemonden in Kent, with remainder to Alexander Culpeper (Sir Alexander Culpeper of Bedgebury & Hardreshull, Knight), and no more for "thanks be to God he has no need." The male heirs of Walter Culpeper my nephew (Walter Culpeper of Calais and Wigsell) to have the manor of Heronden, and the tenement of the Bavre. Loggelond in Ardingly to the churchwardens to keep an obit, with beer bread and cheese, by 10 priests at 8d each to pray for self, Margaret my wife, Walter Culpeper and Agnes (Agnes Roper) his wife, my father and mother, Richard Wakehurst the elder and Richard Wakehurst the younger (Richard Wakehurst of Ardingly) and Agnes his wife (Agnes (?)), my wife’s father and mother. Parishes of Ardingly, Balcombe, West Hoathly, Lindfield and Whyhyme. Elizabeth Culpeper, late the wife of Nicholas Culpeper my brother to take up the rents and issues of all other lands in Horsemonden or Goudhurst in Kent, and in Monfield, Salehurst, Ifeld, Crawley, Slaugham, Worth and West Hoathly in Sussex and in Leigh in Surrey or elsewhere in England for life, and after her death the lands in Leigh, which I bought, to Richard Culpeper son and heir of Nicholas and Elizabeth. To Thomas Culpeper one of the sons of the said Nicholas and Anne (Anne (?)) wife of the said Thomas, lands in Ifeld, Crawley, Slaugham and Worth which I bought of John Wodye &c. To George Culpeper (after Elizabeth's decease) the messuage and lands of Stroudgate for life, with remainder to Richard Culpeper son and heir of the aforesaid Nicholas. Also to the said George Busses in West Hoathly and a mill called Hope Mill in Southerst (Goudhurst?) and the halfendele of a fulling mill in Horsemonden to him and his heirs. And as for Pipstye I cannot put it from George for it is copyhold. To Richard Culpeper, youngest son of the foresaid Nicholas and Elizabeth, a messuage or tenement called the Feryn in Ninfield and Salehurst co Sussex, and land and messuages at Turnerhill also two tenements in Southerst sometime John Bechefeld, Richard Mylis, Thomas Burges. Remainder after death of Elizabeth to foresaid Richard his heirs and assigns. If Thomas Culpeper, George Culpeper, or Richard Culpeper the youngest son die during the lifetime of the said Elizabeth, without wife or children, his part to remain to the other living of the aforesaid three. Proved at Lambeth 8 Nov 1516 by Richard Culpeper, George Culpeper, and Thomas Culpeper in person and by Elizabeth Culpeper in the person of William Crowland.4 
Death*circa Oct 1516 He died at Wakehurst, Ardingly, co. Sussex, England, circa Oct 1516. 
Burial*circa Oct 1516 His body was interred circa Oct 1516 at St. Peter's Church, Ardingly, co. Sussex, England. 5
Probate8 Nov 1516 Probate action was taken on Richard's estate on 8 Nov 1516 at Lambeth, co. Surrey, England,

P.C.C. 24 Holder.4 

Family

Margaret Wakehurst (say 1448 - 1504)
Marriage*say 1464 He married Margaret Wakehurst say 1464. Richard and Margaret had no children. 
ChartsThe 12th century Culpepers of England: Descendant Chart (16 generations, Males only)
Last Edited23 May 2011

Citations

  1. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "The Sussex Colepepers, Part I", Sussex Archaeological Collections, XLVII,47-81, (1904)http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/sussex/default.htm.
  2. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "The Sussex Colepepers, Part I", Sussex Archaeological Collections, XLVII,47-81, (1904)http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/sussex/default.htm.
    Pages 54-60.
  3. 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)http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/sussex/default.htm.
  4. 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)http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/sussex/default.htm.
    Pp 65-66.
  5. now in West Sussex, England