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Mary (Bertie) Shipman (abt. 1615 - abt. 1659)

Mary Shipman formerly Bertie aka Hewitt
Born about in Lincolnshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of and [mother unknown]
Sister of [half], [half] and [half]
Wife of — married about 1640 in Englandmap
Wife of — married after 1658 in Englandmap
[children unknown]
Died about in Glastonbury, Somerset, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 5 Mar 2012
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1615 Birth and Parents

Lady Mary Bertie was the daughter of the Earl of Lindsey. [1]

Mary Bertie was born in 1615 in Lincolnshire, the daughter of Robert Bertie, Earl Lindsey, who was in turn the second son of Peregrine Bertie, Baron Willoughby de Ereby. [2]

1640 First Marriage to John Hewitt

Mary Bertie married first Rev. John Hewitt.

Dr. John Hewytt, D. D., was "one of the most distinguished preachers of the Commonwealth. [1]

He was the son of Mr. Thomas Hewitt, of Eccles, in Lancashire. [1]

John Hewitt was the fourth of seven sons. He was baptised at Eccles, September 4, 1614 (Parish Register). At an early age he was sent to Merchant Taylors School, London; the register of this school shows his birth as January 3, 1614. He then proceeded to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he matriculated July 4, 1633. [1]

In 1643 he was Chaplain to Charles I and at the king's wish was created D. D., October 17, 1643. (Wood's Fasti, ed. Biles). [1]

After the King's death he became Chaplain, at Havering House, co. Essedx, to the Earl of Lindsey, whose sister he subsequently married. [1]

He then moved to London when he was chosen by the parish of St. Gregory, near St. Paul's, to be their pastor. "His preaching was popular and was attended by the elite of society during the Commonwealth. Cromwell's own daughters the Ladies Falconbridge and Claypole privately came to his church and were both married by him. He never disguised his loyalty to his late Sovereign and used to excite his auditory from the pulpit to a generous contribution to the exiled monarch's exigencies... [1]

His meetings with persons in communication with Charles II came to the attention of Oliver Cromwell, who had him tried, hanged, drawn and quartered. [1]

1659 Second Marriage to Abraham Shipman

Lady Mary Bertie, married firstly Rev. John Hewett (d. 1658), and secondly Sir Abraham Shipman. [3]

Mary married secondly Sir Abraham Shipman, Governor of Chester. [2]

Estimate his birth as, say, 1610.

Sir Abraham Shipman acted as governor of Chester in November and December 1643.[4]

Wikipedia reports that Sir Abraham Shipman was appointed governor of Bombay on 19 March 1662, arriving there September or October 1662. The Portuguese governor disagreed that the city had been ceded to the English, however, and Shipman was prevented from landing. He died on the island of Anjediva in North Canara, October 1664. [5]

In 1639 Captain Abraham Shipman was sent with a troop of one hundred men and ammunitiion to Edinburgh Castle. [6]

As Sir A. Shipman he is mentioned as having some charge at Chester, September 1643. [6]

Sir Abraham Shipman married Marie, fifth daughter of Montague Bertie, afterwards Earl of Lindsay, and widow of John Hewitt, D. D., who suffered death for his loyalty to Charles I in 1648. [6]

He was given a commission to be Governor and Commander-in-Chief in the island of Bombay on 14 March, 1661-2. This reflected a provision in a secret agreement between the Kings of England and Portugal to supplement Portugal's East India forces with those from England. A series of disagreements and misunderstandings on-site prevented his taking Bombay, and Abraham died of fever on 6 April 1664. [6]

Research Notes

Alleged Marriage to Peregrine Smith

Mary Bertie, born 1615, was previously shown as the wife of Peregrine Smith, alleged son of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas. Actual records, however, show Mary Bertie as the wife in two other marriages commencing in 1640, and their existence makes it impossible that she also married Peregrine Smith. [2]


Mary Bertie was previously shown as the mother of Peregrine Smith's children; they had now been disconnected.

William Smith has previously been shown as a son of Peregrine Smith and his wife Mary Bertie. Research has demonstrated that William Smith was born in Glastonbury or Butleigh, Somersetshire, the son of Thomas Smith.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 J. P. Earwaker, Editor. Local Gleanings Relating to Lancashire and Cheshire, Reprinted from the "Manchester Courier". Volume I, April 1875-December 1876. Dr. John Hewitt, a Lancashire Worthy pages 267-269. Accessed 7 March 2020 jhd
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Teri Hiatt. Forum. Re: John Smith and Pocahontas, July 13, 2012, reply to Larry Anderson note of the same date. Hiatt's sources: (1) butleigh. org, under Butleigh People for Hiett, Smith; (2),_Richard_(DNB00) Info on Richard Bertie; (3) Info on Peregrine Bertie, John Smith,and Pocahontas (4) About Dr. John Hewitt. (5) Full Text of Capt. John Smith (6) About Pocahontas; (7) John Smith; (8) John Smith, Pocahontas; (9) (10) Cockacoeske and John West (11) "Burke's Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage" 107th ed. 3 vol. Wilmington,Del 2003. Accessed 5 March 2020. jhd
  3. Wikipedia Contributors. Wikipedia: Robert_Bertie,_1st_Earl_of_Lindsey Accessed 7 March 2020 jhd
  4. Rev. Daniel Lysons and Samuel Lysons. Magna Britannia Being A Concise Topographical Account of the Several Counties of Great Britain. Vol II, Part II, Containing the County Palatine of Chester. London, 1810. Sir Abraham Shipman page 565. Accessed 7 March 2020 jhd
  5. Wikipedia Contributors Wikipedia: Abraham Shipman Accessed 7 March 2020 jhd
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Major Arthur Mainwaring. Crown and Company: The Historical Records of the 2nd Batt, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, formerly the 1st Bombay European Regiment, 1662-1911. London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1911. &pg=PA3&lpg=PA3&dq=Bertie+%22Sir+Abraham+Shipman%22&source=bl&ots=hK3JNm680Y&sig=ACfU3U0ZtPBXe6m_K0DJKs8IfaG7xUZe8Q&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwj1hpCOmonoAhWYmHIEHb7MAXMQ6AEwAnoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=Bertie%20%22Sir%20Abraham%20Shipman%22&f=true Reports from Sir Abraham Shipman Pages 1-17. Accessed 7 March 2020 jhd


Thank you to Thomas Allen and Kitty Smith for contributions to this profile.

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Lady Mary Bertie was previously shown as the wife of Peregrine Smith of Virginia. She had, however, two other husbands and not room in her life for a third. I have detached her from Smith and Smith's children, and added her to her birth family.
posted by Jack Day
Mary cannot have died in 1640 and still had children born as late as 1657.
posted by Kevin Nauta

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