The Misfortunes of Thomas Shapcott and Family
Thomas Shapcote and his son Philip, of Knowstone/Exeter, were to be accused of being
"delinquents" (or "malignants").They were required to present a complete and accurate
account of all their lands and other assets, which were considerable.
Thomas Shapcote, gent. and Attorney at Law possessed the ancestral home of "Shapcott"
(Shapcott Barton) which had a net income of £45 per year.
He was also Lord of the Manor at East Knowstone.
The total income from Knowstone
In addition he received the tithes from the large parish of Ashburton, worth £110
per year. Altogether he had an estate worth £575 . 8 shillings . 8 pence - a very
large sum for those days. His legal practise in Exeter must also have been quite
lucrative. Thomas was fined one tenth of two year’s value of his estates which they
calculated at £328.In 1651 the Committee summoned him before them and ordered him
to pay a further £300
but for some reason he was let off this additional burden.His son Philip who had
served the King and made no secret of his "delinquency" was fined only £40.Thomas
once again took up his legal practice at Exeter. Urith, his wife died in 1660 and
was buried in Exeter Cathedral. Thomas Shapcote died in 1665 and was buried beside
her. His son Philip Shapcote died at Knowstone at the great age of 82 years in 1703.
He had been Recorder at South Molton for 45 years
Town Clerk of Plymouth for three years
and Deputy Recorder of Totnes in 1681
Philip Shapcote was married four times:(1) to Hannah Tuckerin, at Barnstaple in 1649.
She died in 1653/54.(2) to Anne Martyn at Stoke Damerel in 1660.(3) to Catherine
Bowden at the Faculty Office (London?) in 1668.(4) to Elizabeth Courtenay
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