Probate Papers of John Shapcote

The original papers regarding the Estate of John Shapcote

were the first Probate Papers to be granted in the new Colony.

The papers were issued in the offices of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

on the 20th July 1790.


The originals are still held in Sydney, in the Mitchell Library.

Here is a transcription :




GRANTED 20th July, 1790.



At a Court of Civil Judicature, held by the order of the Governor, at Sydney, in the County of Cumberland, in the Territory of New South Wales, this day 25 July, in the Year of Our Lord, 1790.

Present : The Judge Advocate. Revd. Richard Johnson.

Mr. John Peter Shapcote, came before them, and claimed Administration of the Effects of his late Father, Mr. John Shapcote, a Lieutenant in His Majesty’s Navy, who died on board the Neptune Transport, as Son, intestate.

And having taken the Oath annexed, and entered into the Bond, (with two Sureties) required by the Act of the 22 & 23rd of Cas. 2. Cap. 10 ---. “Letters of Administration were accordingly granted him, and Saturday the 22nd Day of this Instant Month of July, appointed for him to appear, and bring in and exhibit an Assurance of his said Administration.











Cumberland, to wit -

I Peter John Shapcote, do make Oath that I am the Eldest Son of the late Mr. John Shapcote, deceased, and to the best of my Belief, intestate, and next of Kin to the deceased, and that I will well and truly administer all the Goods of the deceased Mr. John Shapcote, and pay all his Debts, so far as his Goods will extend, that will exhibit a true, full and perfect Inventory of such Goods, and that I will render a true Account of my Administration unto the Court from whence the Administration issues, whenever I may be lawfully required to do so.

Sworn before the Civil Court of Jurisdiction this twentieth Day of July, in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand, seven hundred and ninety, and in the Thirtieth Year of His Majesty’s Reign

David Collins - Judge-advocate
Richard Johnson.



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