1893 text

Thomas Pepys, of Hatcham Barnes, Surrey, Master of the Jewel House to Charles II. and James II.

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Pepy's cousin; variously referred to as 'cousin', 'the Executor' and 'Hatcham Pepys'. His biography is difficult to establish at several points....It seems likely that he was the Thomas Pepys who was born in 1611 at Sutton to Thomas Pepys 'the Red', cousin of Pepys's father, and who was married at St Paul's, Covent Garden in 1654 to Anne, daughter of Sir John Cope, a witness to the marriage being Percival Angier, son-in-law of Thomas the Red. The diary makes it clear that he was a puritan (probably a Presbyterian), and it is therefore virtually certain that he was the Thomas Pepys who served as a magistrate for Middlesex and as a commissioner for the assessment and the militia in the late '50s. In Dec. 1660 he took out a pardon. The facts clear from the diary--that he was rich, that he had a partner, and that he was ignorant of Latin--suggest that he was a business man rather than a member of a profession. He lent money to Mountagu in 1658. His nickname 'the Executor' may refer to his usefulness to the family in that function.

He was living in 1661 in St-Martin-in-the-Fields, later in Newport St, Covent Garden, whence in 1663 he moved to Hatcham, Surrey. He died in 1675 at Merton Priory, Surrey, which he had acquired in 1668. Pepys was appointed trustee of his estate for the benefit of his widow. She was his second wife (b. Ursula Stapelton of Myton, Yorks) whom he had married at Kensington in March 1660 and by whom he had a son and daughter. She died c. 1693.

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