(29)  Henry Copinger


Born in Dublin in 1808 this gentleman was the last male representative of Dominick Copinger, second son of Alderman John Copinger. He married in 1853 Anna Cox the daughter of Thomas Cox R. A. of Coolcliffe, County Wexford.  They had two daughters Jane Letitia, and Catherine who died in infancy.

[The following further information has been added by Paul & Elizabeth Copinger on 1st January 2000.]

In 1884, when the second edition of the history was published, Henry had in his possession documents relating to this branch of the family and to the Glenville property, extending as far back as the middle of the sixteenth century.  In 1991 these documents were in the possession of Frederick Samuel Rudd one of the sons of Samuel Rudd and Dorothea nee Pottinger-Young Carter who was the daughter and only child of Jane Letitia Copinger.  These documents which form part of a Copinger trust include documents dated 1574, 1583, 1596, 31 documents dated in the 17th century, 80 documents dated in the 18th century and 30 documents dated in the 19th century.

Henry was in the 16th Regiment, and served for many years in India, in the Mediterranean for five years, and in Canada for two years.  According to W. A. Copinger he was as ready with the pen as the sword, and his numerous contributions to literature were universally well received.  He made numerous contributions to the periodical literature of his day some of which are listed in the Copinger publications included in the Gleanings forming Part 5 of this history.

Henry died on 23rd November 1893 and the following is a copy of his Will.

Will of Henry Copinger dated 16th March 1886

This is the last Will and Testament of me Henry Copinger of Queens Road, Kingston Hill, in the County of Surrey formerly a Lieutenant Colonel in Her Majesties 16th Regiment.  I direct payment of my debts and funeral and testamentary expenses  I bequeath my furniture and all other my effects of household use and ornament to my wife Anna Copinger absolutely.  I bequeath the sum of One Hundred pounds to my daughter Jane Letitia Copinger And as to all the rest residue and remainder of my estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature kind or quality the same may be I give devise and bequeath the same to my said wife Anna Copinger for her life and from and after her decease I give devise and bequeath the same to my said daughter Jane Letitia Copinger absolutely.  And I appoint my said wife Anna Copinger sole Executrix of this my Will.  I revoke all former Wills and testamentary dispositions by me at any time heretofore made.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of March One thousand eight hundred and eighty six.

Signed and declared by the said
Henry Copinger as and for his
last Will and Testament in the
presence of us present at the same
time who in his presence and in
the presence of each other have
hereunto subscribed our names
as Witnesses

Henry Copinger
Lt Colonel.

W.H.M. Land     
Wm.H. Parslow     
Clerks to Mr John Durham
Solr., Kingston on Thames.

This is a Codicil to Will of me Henry Copinger formerly of Queens Road, Kingston Hill in the County of Surrey at present residing in the City of Exeter, formerly a Lieutenant Colonel in Her Majesty's 16th Regiment which said Will bears the date 16th day of March 1886  Whereas I am now the recipient of a certain annuity of fifty pounds which I have to dispose of for the benefit and maintenance of a child called Dorothy Carter and after her death of my daughter Jane Letitia Copinger  Now I do in so far as it lies in my power hereby appoint my wife Anna Copinger as trustee of the said annuity of Fifty pounds and Guardian of the said Dorothy Carter to receive the said annuity and dispose of the same upon the trusts and in the same manner as I now receive the same.  Dated this first day of November 1888.

Signed and declared by the said
Henry Copinger as a Codicil to
his said Will in the presence of
us present at the same time who
in his presence and in the presence
of each other have hereunto
subscribed our names as Witnesses

H Copinger
Lt Colonel.

W.A. Caunter, 
Henry Beazley,    
Solr. Exeter
his Clerk

On the twenty sixth day of January 1894 Probate of this Will with a Codicil was granted at Exeter to Anna Copinger, Widow, the Relict, the sole Executrix.



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