Rev. John Mure Shakspear or Shakespear

8th Dec 1786 - 1836

Claimant or beneficiary


Probably but not certainly Rev. John Mure Shakespear (1786-1836).

  1. John Mure (born 08/12/1786) and Arthur (born 18/05/1788), sons of David Shakespeare and his wife Catharine (nee Wagstaffe), baptised in St Elizabeth, Jamaica, 14/04/1789. Madras Army cadet in 1803 and lieutenant, 6th Madras Cavalry, 1808; retired from the army 29/5/1818 and was ordained immediately afterwards, being appointed curate of Frodsham, Cheshire. He married at Northfield, Worcestershire, 20/01/1817, Frances Eliza, a daughter of Philip Frederick Muntz; she died 7/3/1839; they had three children:

    Frances Eliza: born 8/7/1818; died young

    John Joseph Arthur: born 19/3/1820; MA (Cantab), barrister (never practised); Member of Legislative Council, Jamaica, 1855; in England from 1861 to death in 1881

    Emma: died young.

  2. The will of John Mure Shakespear of Bahama Villa Cheltenham and of Hodges in Jamaica (made 10/04/1834) was proved 22/08/1836. Under the will he left his property to his son John Joseph Arthur Shakespear; if the son died before he reached 21, the Jamaica property was to go to John Mure Shakespear's sister Anne (to whom he was paying an annuity of £200 p.a.) and his brother Arthur 'of Hastings.' The executors were Frank [sic] Green of Leadenhall Street [in fact, Edmund Francis Green, q.v.] and John Mure Shakespear's brother-in-law Colonel Roome of Cadogan Place. John Joseph Arthur Shakespear died in 1881, late of 161 New Bond Street and of Hodges Pen in Jamaica, and left just under £7000 in personalty in England.


  1., Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online]; email from Paul Hitchings 04/03/2019 sourced to Daily Gleaner 27/04/1931 p. 31.

  2. PROB 11/1866/123; 1881 National Probate Calendar.

We are grateful to Paul Hitchings for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Frances Eliza Muntz
Frances Eliza (1818-), John Joseph Arthur (1820-1881), Emma
Church of England

Associated Claims (1)

£2,292 11s 11d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (2)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1829 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1839 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Previous owner

Relationships (5)

Son → Father
Brother → Sister
Uncle → Niece

Addresses (1)

Bahama Villa, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England