John Shout – Shipowner

This John Shout (1769 -1826) was married to Anne Twislington, and was a ship owner in Portsmouth. I believe he originated in Yorkshire, probably the son of John and Mary of Stockton

The family moved to London, living in the Battersea /Lambeth area. John appears to have had a number of business interests including a gravel barge, which is advertised for sale after his death.

John was recorded as the owner of a ship General Greenfield or Grinfield. Probably named after the General who commanded  British troops in the Windward and Leeward Islands  in the Caribbean during the Napoleonic Wars.




Daily Ledger & Public Advertiser  5 July 1805


Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser 04 September 1812


Their first two children were possibly named after voyages he had made –

Mary Montevideo (1808 – ) married Wonderful Chertsey ( 1809 – 1853) in 1832 in St Leonards church Shoreditch, London. He was a glass maker but no further details have been found in census or death records. Wonderful was a member of the Guild of Glassmakers but their information is  limited to his membership of the guild. No children have been found. An address is given in the 1842 will of her brother John Shout of Bishopwearmouth.

The Examiner October 1853 has an item regarding the death of Wonderful Chertsey.

James Tagus (1809 Lisbon – 1872) ; Witness at the marriage of Mary MontevideoPawnbroker and silversmith in Knightsbridge, London married Jane Margaret Page 1840 in Shoreditch.

They had children  Caroline Ann; James Tagus; William; Christopher,  and Catherine

the remainder of John and Anne’s children- all born later-  had more “normal” names.

Ann Elizabeth (1815 – 1860);

The first three children were baptised in Portsmouth but the rest in London

Jane Sarah (1817 – ); witness at the marriage of Mary Montevideo

Margaret Rebecca (1819 – ); married John Bland Smith in Shoreditch 1843. He was a linen waterproofer and employed several men and boys. They had 5 children between 1845 and 1862, but in light of the surname no research has been carried out at this stage!!

George Richards (1821 – );

Thomas Hammond (1824 – 1879). Mahogany importer and dealer. I have details of an action against him in the Court of Chancery in dispute with his business partner. More details to come…

Margaret Rebecca and George Richards are both shown as attending Reeds School in Cobham, Surrey between the years 1828 – 36. This was a school for orphans. The records, held by Surrey History Centre with transcriptions on Find My Past Institutions & Organisations Collection, show that there were a total of 9 children of which 5 were still dependent, which ties in neatly with what is known.

There is also a supposed son John (  – 1842) whose date of birth I cannot find. The count of nine children mentioned above would seem to confirm his relationship. The only link I have made is that in his will dated 1841 he leaves everything to his sister Mary Montivideo Chertsey ( changed a few months later in a codicil to include Elizabeth Palmer a widow of Bishopwearmouth where he died).