SHEPPARD, James (c.1681-1730), of Honiton, and Lawell, Chudleigh, Devon

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
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17 Feb. 1711 - 1715
1727 - 10 Apr. 1730

Family and Education

b. c. 1681, 1st s. of James Sheppard of Honiton, attorney-at-law, by Mary Walrond of Payhembury, nr. Honiton.  educ. M. Temple 1700, called 1705.  m. lic. 16 Mar. 1704, Elizabeth Fowler (d. 1723), 4s. (2 d.v.p.) 6da. (4 d.v.p.).  Kntd. 14 May 1729.

Offices Held

Recorder, Honiton 1713; serjeant-at-law 1724, King’s serjeant 1727–d.1


The Sheppards were well established in the Honiton area, for in 1632 one of that name had purchased the nearby manor of Watton, though James Sheppard was evidently from another branch of the family, and, like his father, his local prestige was founded on the law. The similarity in the careers of father and son makes it difficult to trace Sheppard’s early progress, but it was evidently Sheppard snr. who was chosen in June 1688 as town clerk of Tiverton, an appointment which suggests Tory sympathies. The elder Sheppard may thus be tentativel