Rev. William Davies Shipley

1746 - 1826


Slave-owner on St Kitts and Nevis by his marriage to his wife Penelope nee Yonge, a descendant of the Stapleton family; church pluralist, Dean of St Asaph, with an entry in the ODNB. Son of Jonathan Shipley, bishop of St Asaph.

  1. Rev. William Davies Shipley, MA, Dean and Chancellor of St Asaph married Penelope Yonge in April 1777. Penelope was the daughter of Ellis and Penelope Yonge of Bryn Iorcyn, Flintshire, and Acton Hall, Denbighshire. The elder Penelope was the daughter of James Russell Stapleton and his wife - also named Penelope, who was the daughter of Sir John Conway, the last male heir of a family derived from the ancient seat of the Conways of Prestatyn and Bodrhyddan. Their eldest son, Colonel William Shipley, is said to have been killed whilst out shooting at Hyeres in the south of France by the accidental discharge of his servant's gun.


Aston, Nigel. 2004 "Shipley, William Davies (1745–1826), Church of England clergyman." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 5 Jul. 2019.

  1. Bodrhyddan Estate Papers, National Library of Wales [accessed 23/06/2018]

Further Information

Penelope Yonge
Oxford (Christ Church) [1763-1769 ]
Church of England
Oxford DNB Entry

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
1785 [SY] - 1826 [EY] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Joint owner

Relationships (2)

Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
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Rev. William Davis Shipley married Penelope Yonge, the grand-daughter of James Russell Stapleton and daughter of Stapleton's daughter, also Penelope, and her husband Ellis...