Sir Cheney Culpeper
(1601 – 1663) was an English
landowner, a supporter of Samuel Hartlib
, and a largely non-political figure of his troubled times, interested in technological progress and reform.
After a legal training, he was knighted in 1628. He had an estate at Great Wigsell, but only briefly.
He owned Leeds Castle, in Kent, given to him by his father Sir Thomas Culpeper. He also bought Elmley Being later disinherited, he became heavily indebted.
Of the Hartlibians, he had most to do with Benjamin Worsley. He was interested in alchemy, but most of all in agricultural topics. While on the Parliamentarian side, he was a moderate, against the more theocratic tendencies. He had contacts in Parliament; but insufficient clout to make a real difference to the attitude to Hartlib's projects.
- Stephen Clucas, The correspondence of a XVII-century 'chymical gentleman': Sir Cheney Culpeper and the chemical interests of the Hartlib circle. Ambix 40, 1993. p147-170
- M. J.Braddick and M. Greengrass, editors, The Letters of Sir Cheney Culpepper 1641-1657 edited by in Seventeenth Century Political and Financial Papers, Camden Fifth Series volume 7 (1997)