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Sir Anthony ROPER

Sir Anthony ROPER

Male 1544 - 1597  (53 years)

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  • Name Anthony ROPER 
    Prefix Sir 
    Born 1544 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1597 
    Person ID I21163  Our Family History
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2014 

    Father William ROPER,   b. 1498,   d. 4 Jan 1578  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Margaret MORE,   b. 1505,   d. 25 Dec 1544  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 2 Jul 1521 
    Family ID F12201  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne COTTON 
     1. Sir Anthony ROPER
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2016 
    Family ID F15277  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    The Theewes Claviorganum
    The Theewes Claviorganum
    The Theewes Claviorgan, 1579. Painted oak, with spruce soundboard and embossed paper lining. Height 127 cm, Width 233 cm, Depth 104.8 cm. Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

    Theewes a Company
    Theewes a Company
    Article on the history and ownership of the 1579 Ludovic Theewes claviorganum in the V&A museum, London.

  • Notes 
    • Original owner of the Lodewijk Theewes claviorganum (now in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London). Sir Anthony had come into possession of Farningham Manor and a house in Greenwich after his father’s death in 1577, and this instrument was presumably therefore commissioned using his inheritance.

      The connection between Anthony Roper and Thomas Tallis is evidenced by the will of his widow Joan Tallis, who bequeathed to Roper a gilt bowl in recognition of the ‘good favours shown to my husband and me’. William Byrd’s son married a cousin of Anthony Roper, and combined with Byrd’s close friendship with Tallis and his continued recusancy, it is not unreasonable to suggest that Byrd may have been invited to one of Roper’s houses, and have encountered the Theewes claviorgan. However, Byrd must also have been familiar with the court instruments, having been brought up as a chorister in the Chapel Royal.

      Roper’s family remained Catholic Recusants throughout the sixteenth century, and it has been speculated that the claviorganum may have been purchased by the family for religious purposes: to conceal that the family had an organ for use in liturgical music. However, the prospect for Catholic families during the reign of Elizabeth I was far less dire than it had been for Protestants during the reign of Queen Mary: indeed it was not for declaring allegiance to the ‘old religion’, but for refusing to accept her sovereignty that Catholic martyrs were executed.

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