Bridget Raleigh was born 1506 in Farnborough, Warwickshire, England to Edward Raleigh (c1472-1508) and Anne Chamberlain (c1482-?) and died before 1540 Northamptonshire, England of unspecified causes. She married John Cope (c1504-1558) 1525 JL . Charlemagne (747-814)/s, Henry II of England (1133-1189)/s, Hugh Capet (c940-996)/s, William I of England (1027-1087)/s.


Bridget Raleigh was born circa 1506 at of Farnborough, Warwickshire, England. She married Sir John Cope, Sheriff of Northamptonshire, son of Sir William Cope and Jane Spencer, circa 1525 at of Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire, England; They had 3 sons (Erasmus, Esq; George, Esq; & Anthony, Esq.) and 2 daughters (Elizabeth, wife of John Dryden, Gent; & Joan, wife of Stephen Boyle, & of Ferdinand Freckleton). Bridget Raleigh died before 1540. Sir John Cope would remarry twice more.

Canons Ashby Estate

In 1538 Sir John Cope (husband of Bridge Raleigh), a wealthy Banbury lawyer, purchased Canons Ashby Estate from Francis Bryan, a close ally of King Henry VIII. Sir John's daughter Elizabeth inherited what is thought to have been the priory farmhouse [wrong – Wilkyns farm was part of John Dryden's inheritance. Copes Ashbie – across the road – was inherited by Elizabeth's brother, who died early leaving his sons as Wards of the Dryden family]. In 1551 she married John Dryden, who extended the building to form the earliest parts of Canons Ashby House.

Part of the building survives: the Church of England parish church of St Mary dates from about 1250 and this, together with Canons Ashby House, is now owned by the National Trust. Its power and size can be judged by its outlying buildings which cover a large area of the surrounding countryside. The remains of the priory's hospitalium survive as the monastic building centred on the parish church of Maidford, about 5 miles (8 km) away.

Elizabeth Cope (c1529-1584) and her husband John Dryden (1525-1584) purchased the priory and village remnants of the Canons Ashby Estate in Northamptonshire from Bridget Raleigh and her husband, Sir John Cope.


Offspring of Bridget Raleigh and John Cope (c1504-1558)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Erasmus Cope (c1526-)
George Cope (c1528-)
Elizabeth Cope (c1529-1584) 1529 Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom 30 September 1584 Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom John Dryden (c1526-c1584)
Anthony Cope (c1531-)
Joan Cope (c1535-)




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