The children of Chaund Bebee and John Shore – (3) George Shore
The fourth child of Chaund Bebee and John Shore was their son George born on 1 July 1785. He was baptised in Calcutta on 11 May 1788.
George was living in Bengal in 1825. By 1835 his residence was 4 Carlton Chambers, Regent Street, where his brother Francis had lived. He later lived off Edgware Road at Cambridge Terrace and Sussex Gardens, and lastly at Pembridge Place, Bayswater.
George’s business interests intertwined with his brothers John and Francis. He was an East India Company stockholder and active in the Marine Society, and it appears that he travelled between India and England. For example, in March 1832 George was a passenger in the Charles Grant sailing to Calcutta.
George Shore named as a passenger for Calcutta in the Charles Grant, British Newspaper Archive Bombay Gazette 20 June 1832
He must have kept in touch with his mother Chaund Bebee as her will made in 1836 commented on his financial situation. She left George a ring which had belonged to his father, asking him to wear it as testimony of her love. George’s half-sister Eliza Cordelia Sherriff was to show him the ring in their mother’s belongings.
George and his brother John are mentioned in the journal of Margaret Emily Shore, the granddaughter of their uncle Reverend Thomas William Shore. In November 1838 Margaret Emily was staying in Wimpole Street London on her way to Madeira for health reasons (she died there in July 1839). She reported that her brother Richard had received kind and warm invitations from Charles Lord Teignmouth, John Shore, George Shore and many others, so that he would have plenty of homes during his holidays from Haileybury College.
George Shore died aged 73 on 26 November 1858 at his home in Bayswater. His will, written in 1851, asked that he should be buried at Highgate Cemetery. He made bequests to his servants, past and present, and was especially generous to Martha Garskin who had been in his service since 1835. Martha was to receive the choice of one of his gold watches, a clock, one of his Bibles, one of his prayer books, all his household linen and wearing apparel, together with £50 for her ‘present expenses’ and an annuity to enable her to end her days in comfort.
Bequests were also made to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel and the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, and for an annual Christmas distribution to the poor of the parish where George died. One executor, John Patch, barrister, was given George’s volumes of prints or caricatures by Hogarth and Gillray and the other, Jonathan Duncan Dow, was to have six dozen of the best wines from George’s cellar.
His brother John’s family were named in the will. Jessie Hildyard, George’s great-niece and godchild, was to receive £200 as a memento. Niece Elizabeth Shore at Pinhoe was left £65. Nephew John Shore was given ‘nil’. This explicit exclusion is perhaps explained by the allegations of drunkenness and offensive behaviour found in the divorce petition lodged by John’s wife Anna Maria shortly before his death in 1861.
The residue of George’s estate was left to his half-brother Charles John Shore, Lord Teignmouth, in whose hands it would be ‘well appropriated and expended, those calling themselves my relatives or connections being well off and provided as to worldly affairs’.
Our next story in this series will look at the life of George’s half-sister Eliza Cordelia, Chaund Bebee’s daughter with Charles Rothman.
Lead Curator, East India Company Records
Baptism of George Shore at Calcutta 11 May 1788 IOR/N/1/4 f.52.
Westminster Rate Books via Findmypast.
Journal of Emily Shore (London, 1898) British Library shelfmark 10856.de.14.