Sir William Culpeper of Wakehurst, 2nd Bart.1

Male, #9156, (circa 1668 - 28 Mar 1740)
Father*Benjamin Culpeper of Wakehurst, Esq. (c 1628 - 3 Aug 1670)
Mother*Judith Wilson (s 1631 - 9 May 1685)
Nickname He has sometimes been referred to as William Culpeper the Wastrel. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
Birth*circa 1668 William was born circa 1668. 
Baptism26 Nov 1668 He was baptized at Ardingly, co. Sussex, England, on 26 Nov 1668.  
Will3 Aug 1670 He is mentioned in the will of Benjamin Culpeper of Wakehurst, Esq. at Wakehurst, Ardingly, co. Sussex, England, on 3 Aug 1670.1 
Death of Father3 Aug 1670 His father Benjamin Culpeper of Wakehurst, Esq. died on 3 Aug 1670. 
Death of Mother9 May 1685 His mother Judith Wilson died on 9 May 1685. 
Death*28 Mar 1740 He died on 28 Mar 1740. 
Burial*circa 29 Mar 1740 His body was interred circa 29 Mar 1740 at St. James, Westminster, London, England
Biography* His mother, Judith, remarried Captain Christopher Mason. From the letter which Captain Mason writes to Sir William Wilson in 1684 we have some idea of the willful and perverse nature of the young Baronet. When only 26, Sir William sold Wakehurst for £9,000 to Dennis Lyddall, Esq., one of the Commissioners of the Navy, and he appears henceforth to have lived a gay and boisterous life, being satirized by Pope in the following lines:

     Had Colepeper's whole wealth been hops and hogs
     Could he himself have sent it to the dogs.

This passage occurs in Epistle III. On the Use of Riches, dedicated to Allen Lord Bathurst, and in a note is the following: "Sir William Culpeper Bart. a person of an ancient family and ample fortune without one other quality of a gentleman, who, after ruining himself at the gaming table, passed the rest of his days sitting there to see the ruin of others, preferring to subsist on borrowing and begging rather than to enter into any reputable method of life, and refusing a post in the army which was offered to him."

He died 28 Mar 1740, unmarried and was buried at St. James', Westminster. The Gentleman's Magazine Obituary records him as uncle of the Duke of Roxburgh. And with this last unworthy descendant, the lineage of a grand old family concludes.1 
ChartsThe 12th century Culpepers of England: Descendant Chart (16 generations, Males only)
Last Edited5 Jun 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)