Thomas Copleston 1688-1748

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Thomas COPLESTON or COPLESTONE 1688-1748

Copleston's bookplate (British Museum Franks Collection 6831)

Biographical Note

Son of John Copleston of Bowden, Devon, a member of a long-established gentry family there. Admitted at the Middle Temple 1704; little else is recorded of his life, except that he was MP for Callington 1719-48, and that he was the last male in the line of Coplestons of Bowden (after his death, the estate was sold to William Pollexfen Bastard).


Copleston used and engraved armorial bookplate (Franks 6831); the extent and disposition of his library is not known.


  • History of Parliament
  • Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum. London, 1903.