Edward Shapcote
Born approx 1732


Edward Shapcote was born approximately 1732, and was baptised on the 30th January 1732

at the parish church of St Katherine By The Tower, London.

It is believed that his parents may have been
John Shapcote and Rachel Sibbit.

Edward Shapcote went on to become a
Seaman in the Royal Navy.

He had first joined
“HMS Tweed” as a Midshipman and Master’s Mate on the 28th May 1761.

By January 1781 Edward Shapcote had served on some 11 different ships.

On the 18th March 1782 Edward Shapcote was commissioned as a

By this time he was said to be more than 44 years of age, and to have been at sea for more than 18 years. His last ship before this promotion was aboard
“HMS Buffalo”.

His naval record, which was studied by the
Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, stated :

“He can splice, knot, reef a sail, work a ship in sailing, shift his tides, keep a reckoning of a ship’s way by plain sailing and mercator; observe the sun and stars, and find the variation of the compass, and is qualified to do the duty of an Able Seaman and Midshipman”.



Edward Shapcott died on 12th May 1781 whilst serving on HMS Thetis, built in 1773 by Adams, Buckler´s Hard.

The ship was wrecked off St. Lucia.


He had made a will a few days before on 5th May 1780, and probate was granted 3 August 1782.


In the Name of God, Amen


I, Edward Shapcote Gunner of His Majesty’s Ship Thetis being in bodily health and of sound and disposing mind and Memory and considering the perils and dangers of the Seas and other uncertainties of this transitory life (Do for avoiding controversies after my decease) make publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner following (that is to say) first I commend my Soul to God that gave it and my Body I commit to the Earth or Sea as it shall please God to order and as for and considering all my Worldy Estate I Give bequeath and dispose thereof as followeth, that is to say, unto my beloved Sister Sarah Shapcote wages sum and sums of Money, Lands, tenements, goods, chattels and Estate whatsoever as shall be any Ways due owing or belonging unto me at the time of my decease I do give devise and bequeath the same unto and I do hereby nominate and appoint ffrancis Wilson of the Navy Office Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former and other wills, testaments and deeds of gifts by me at anytime heretofore made and I do ordain and ratify these presents to stand and be for and as my only last will and testament In Witness whereof to this my said will I have set my hand and seal the twenty fifth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty and in the twentieth year of the Reign of His Majesty King George the Third over Great Britain &t. E Shapcote. Signed sealed published and declared in the presence of Ho. Shapcote W. Woodruff.


This Will was proved at London the third day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty two before the Worshipful William Hott Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commisary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of ffrancis Wilson Esquire the Sole Executor named in the said will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits? of the deceased having been first Sworn Duly to Administer.





HMS Tweed was a 32-gun sailing frigate of the fifth rate produced for the Royal Navy.

In 1763 Captain Cook surveyed the islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon, Newfoundland aboard this vessel


HMS Buffalo was a storeship, launched in 1743 as the 70-gun third-rate HMS Captain. She was reduced to 64-guns in 1760, and renamed Buffalo and used as a storeship from 1777 until broken up in 1783.

HMS Thetis was a 32-gun fifth rate launched in 1773 and wrecked off St Lucia in 1781.




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