Edward Gifford Shapcote .

Born 1827 in Devonport, Devon?


His parents were Thomas Shapcote and Harriet Leaver.



Edward attended the Classical and Mathematical School in Princes Street, Devonport, and went on to study at Corpus Christi College at Cambridge University, where he gained a Bachelor of Arts Degree.


In 1852 he was ordained as Deacon in Exeter.


In 1853 he was ordained as a Priest.


Edward Gifford Shapcote married Emily Mary G. Steward, in 1856, Pancras, London.

At this time Edward was a Curate of Odiham in Hampshire.


Emily was the daughter of Lieutenant Steward.  She was born in 1828 in Liverpool.


From 1859 to 1861 Edward Gifford Shapcote served at the Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene, West Lavington, Sussex.


From 1862 to 1864 he was a Chaplain at the House of Mercy, Hendon, London.


In 1864 he went to South Africa and worked as a Missionary in Philipposolis.


1868 he returned to England and was received into the Roman Catholic Church.


After a few years as a private tutor, became the Sub-Editor of the “Tablet” (a Catholic periodical).



Edward  and Mary Shapcote and son Edward G. Shapcote appear on the 1871 Census living in:


Tommy Cooks Lane, Hendon, Middlesex


Ref: RG10; Piece: 1330; Folio: 15; Page: 23; GSU roll: 828274.










He retired from his work in 1883.



Edward Gifford Shapcote died on the 12th November 1886.  He had been living in Ongar, Essex.


The Executor of his Will was Edward Henry Francis Shapcote - Roman Catholic Priest.



Edward’s wife Emily was a Hymn Writer and  a Composer of Music.  Her works include :


“Hymns for Infant Children” - 1852.

(Emily  co-authored this work with her sisters A. & C. Steward)


“Heavenly Father, from Thy Throne”


“Jesus, Holy, Undefiled”;


“O Jesus, Dearest Lord, I Cry to Thee”


“Queen of the Holy Rosary”  


“Eucharistic Hours” 1886


Emily was also a Translator of religious works:


“Rhythmical Prayer to the Sacred Members of Jesus Hanging Upon the Cross”  (ascribed to St. Bernard) - translated by Emily Mary Shapcote, 1873.



Emily Shapcott died in 1909.   Her death was registered in the September Quarter, in Stoneham, Devon



Children of Edward Gifford Shapcote and Emily Mary G. Stewart :



1.  Edward Lawrence Shapcote


Born:  Orange Free State, South Africa



2.  Edward Henry Charles Francis Shapcote


Born:  Orange Free State, South Africa













Edward G. Shapcote

Emily Mary Shapcote

Edward H.C.F. Shapcote

Hannah M. McCarthy



















Sub Editor of the Tablet Newspaper



Domestic Servant






Stoke Damerel, Devon

Liverpool, Lancashire

Orange Free State, South Africa

City of London, Middlesex




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