David Shakespear or Shakespeare

1751 - 1823


Slave-owner in Jamaica, of Hodges Pen. Father of Rev. John and Arthur Shakespeare (each of whom q.v.). Son of John Shakespear Alderman of London and Elizabeth Currie, daughter of Anne Campbell and David Currie. Anne Campbell was the daughter of John Campbell of Black River (q.v.).

  1. Married Catharine Wagstaffe in Hanover in 1773. Children: Catherine Campbell (1774, baptised in All Hallows, Staining, London), John (1778, Hanover), John Blagrove Fitzroy (1783, St Ann), John Mure and Arthur (both 1789, St Elizabeth).

  2. Fatima Campbell Shakespear, “reputed daughter of David Shakespear esq by Eleanor Smith, a sambo belonging to himself” was born 20/06/1811 and baptised 05/01/1812.

  3. David Shakespeare Esquire was buried at Hodges, 22/12/1823, aged 72.


  1. Familysearch.org, Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online].

  2. Ibid.

  3. Ancestry.com, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online].

We are grateful to Paul Hitchings and Mary Hewitt for their assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Catharine Wagstaffe
Catherine Campbell, John, John Blagrove Fitzroy, John Mure, Arthur

Associated Estates (5)

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
1810 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Owner
1825 [EA] - 1827 [LA] → Previous owner
1810 [EA] - → Owner
1815 [EA] - → Owner
1789 [EA] - 1798 [LA] → Not known

Shown as in possession of David Shakespear but belonging to James Campbell.

Relationships (8)

Notes →
John Blagrove had married Ann or Anne...
Father → Son
Father → Son
Uncle → Nephew
Other relatives
Notes →
Great grandson and great grandfather. David Shakespeare's mother Elizabeth Currie was the grand-daughter of Col. John Campbell, the daughter of his daughter Anne...
Father → Daughter
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Grandfather → Grand-daughter