General Sir John Cope (died 1760): British soldier. In 1745, he was commander of British forces in Scotland when Bonnie Prince Charlie launched the 1745 Rebellion. Cope, with few soldiers in his command and those scattered, delayed confronting the rebels while he tried to gather more troops. He eventually brought a weak and ill-organized army to the Battle of Prestonpans. The forced were scattered and routed within ten minutes of the Jacobite attack. Cope was blamed for carrying the news of the battle to Dunbar, and indirectly Berwick and England. The famous song "Hey, Johnny Cope" lampoons this event.