John Shapcote
Born approx 1705


John Shapcote married Rachel Sibbit on 1st May 1729 at St. George the Martyr, Southwark, Middlesex.

They were both of this parish.


Children of John Shapcote and Rachel Sibbit :


1. Sarah Shapcote



2. Katherine Shapcote

Born...............................Approx. 1730, Stepney, London

Baptised: 19 February 1730, Saint Katherine by the Tower, London



3.  Edward Shapcote


Born:  Approx. 1732, Stepney, London

Baptised 30 Jan 1732, Saint Katherine by the Tower, London



4.  John Shapcott


Born:  Approx. 1739



John Shapcote had a Naval Career

On 12 August 1746 he was awarded his
Gunner Passing Certificate.


17 Oct 1746 - “John Shapcote of good Testimony who has passed an Examination to be Gunner of the Gibraltar former removed to the Romney”.


15 April 1749 - Warrant for John Shepcoat, late Gunner of the Gibraltar to be in the Squirrel, former sick.


25 April 1749 - Appeared on the Squirrel. Edward Shapcote was his servant (his son).


18 October 1749 - Sprained his ankle as related in a  Letter to the Admiralty.


16 May 1751 - Letter to the Admiralty:


To the Honble. the Principall Officers and Commissioners of his Majesty's Navy Honble. Gentn.


I beg leave to acquaint your honours that I was lately Gunner in Ordinary of his Majesty's Ship the Squirrel and on the 18th of October 1749 was on shoar  and had the Misfortune to Sprain my Ancle, which Prevented My going on Board that day. For which I was Chequed a months wages.  But hope your honours Will Consider as it was oweing to a Misfortune to Order The Said Cheque to be Taken off and I in Duty Bound shall ever Pray. I am


Your honours most Obedt.


Humble Servant


Jno Shapcote


Scratched-out note on back of letter:


Direct the Clk of the Cheque to take off his Mulet? in case he is satisfied that what the Gunner hath set forth is true.


Note on back of letter:


The Board would not comply here.



John Shapcote died on 29 June 1771 on HMS Monarch, in Chatham Dock, Chatham, Kent





The first  HMS Gibraltar was a 20-gun sixth-rate built in 1711, rebuilt 1727, and sold 1748. It was the first command of John Byng, who was afterwards to be court-martialled and executed in the opening stages of the Seven Years' War.


The second HMS Romney was a 54-gun fourth rate launched in 1708, sunk in 1721, refloated in the same year and sold in 1757.


The sixth HMS Squirrel was to have been a 24-gun sixth rate. She was renamed HMS Alderney in 1742, and launched in 1743.


The second HMS Monarch (1765), launched in 1765, was another 74-gun third-rate. She was Vice Admiral Onslow's flagship at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797. She was broken up in 1813.




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