Sir John Shaw, 1st Baronet

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Sir John Shaw, 1st Baronet (c. 1615–1680) of Eltham Lodge, Kent was an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1661 to 1679.

the rebuilt Eltham Palace

Shaw was the second son of London vintner Robert Shaw (d. 1678) and his wife Elizabeth Domilowe, daughter of John Domilowe of London. He made a considerable fortune in business and provided Charles II during exile with considerable sums of money. After the Restoration, he was made one of the Farmers of the Customs of London.[1]

He was knighted on 28 July 1660. In 1661, he was elected Member of Parliament for Lyme Regis in the Cavalier Parliament.[2] From 1663 he leased, from the Crown, the Manor of Eltham which included the then derelict "Kings House" or Eltham Palace and built a new manor house, Eltham Lodge, on the estate.[3] He was created baronet of Eltham on 15 April 1665. In 1667, he rebuilt the north aisle of Eltham Church.[1]

He was appointed a Gentleman of the privy chamber from June 1660 until his death. He was a commissioner of customs from September 1660 to 1662, customs farmer from 1662 to 1671 and a commissioner of trade from November 1660 to 1668. He was also joint paymaster of the Dunkirk garrison from December 1660 to 1662, surveyor of shipping from 1661 to his death, assistant Ranger Adventurers into Africa by 1664 to 1671 and surveyor of woods and forests c.1667.

He was made Lieutenant-colonel of the White Regiment of foot militia of London from 1660 to c.1665 and a commissioner for assessment for London (1661-63), for Kent (1663-64) and (1667 to his death), and for London and Surrey (1664-69). He was appointed commissioner for loyal and indigent officers for London and Westminster (1662), collector of customs for London from 1669 to his death and commissioner for recusants for Kent in 1675.[4]

He also served as a deputy lieutenant for London from 1662 to c.1665 and a Justice of the Peace for Kent from 1665 to his death.

Shaw died at the age of 64 in Great Southampton (or Bloomsbury) Square, St Giles' in the Fields, London and was buried at Eltham on 6 March 1680. He had married firstly, in or before 1660, Sarah Ashe, daughter of Joseph Ashe, of Beshford, Somerset. She died in December 1662, and was buried at St Mildred's, Bread Street. He married secondly at Eltham on 24 June 1663, Bridget, Dowager Viscountess Kilmorey, daughter of Sir William Drury, of Besthorpe, Norfolk, and his wife Mary Cokayne, daughter of William Cokayne, Merchant, of London. His widow married as her third husband Sir John Baber on 15 February 1681, at St. Brides' London. She was buried at Eltham on 11 July 1699.[1]


Parliament of England
Preceded by
Walter Yonge
Henry Hyde
Member of Parliament for Lyme Regis
With: Henry Henley
Succeeded by
Sir George Strode
Henry Henley