This interesting branch of the family had strong ties with the sea, the Navy
and the district of Stoke Damerel, Plymouth, Devon.
Edward Shapcote was a Lieutenant
in the Royal Navy in 1782.
John Shapcote was the Naval Agent for the fated “Second
Convict Fleet” that sailed to the new Penal Colony of New South Wales, Australia
He died during this voyage, and the original papers regarding his Estate
first Probate Papers to be granted in the new Colony.
His son Peter John Shapcote
was also a Seaman - Master of the ship named the “Swan”.
Another of his sons - Thomas
Shapcote joined the Royal Navy at the age of 15 and
was to have an active career of fifty years naval service.
His son Charles Augustus
Shapcote was to become the Fleet Paymaster of the Royal Navy.
Henry Williamson, the
well known author of the book “ Tarka The Otter ” was a descendant of this Shapcote
In one of his works “A Clear Water Stream” he talks of his family connections with
the Shapcote family. If you are a member of this branch of the Shapcote family or
have connections with the Shapcotes of Stepney
Our thanks to other researchers, particularly the following who have contributed
information regarding the Shapcote Family of Stepney :
The late DOROTHY SHAPCOTE of
Plymouth The late REV. LEONARD SHAPCOTT of New Zealand DAVID ALLEN of Ontario, Canada ANDREW
BORE of Alberta, Canada RICHARD and ANNE WILLIAMSON of Chichester and also to Michael
Flynn of Australia (author)