Sir John Cope(?)(1690-1760), Military commander
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Sir John Cope was an Army officer for almost forty years. He took part in the war of Spanish succession (1710-13); his distinguished service led to rapid promotion and by 1713, he was a brevet colonel. Cope was a Member of Parliament from 1722 to 1741, during which time his army career continued to prosper. He is best remembered, however, for his part in the battle of Prestonpans, when the government forces were defeated by the Jacobite Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) in 1745. The incident inspired the Jacobite song 'Hey, Johnnie Cope! are ye waukin yet?'