Edmund Shaa

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Sir Edmund Shaa
Spouse(s) Julian (surname unknown)
Hugh Shaa
Margaret Shaa
Katherine Shaa
Father John Shaa
Mother unknown
Died 20 April 1488
Blue Plaque to Sir Edmund Shaa, by Mottram Church

Sir Edmund Shaa or Shaw (died 20 April 1488) was a London goldsmith, Sheriff of London in 1475 and Lord Mayor of London in 1482. Shaa lent money to Edward IV and, as mayor (at least), was extensively involved in the coronation of Edward IV's brother Richard III. He was later knighted and made a member of the Privy Council.


Edmund Shaa, the son of John Shaa of Dukinfield, Cheshire, is said to have been born in the district of Mottram in Longdendale, Cheshire.[1] He was the brother of Ralph Shaa, and the uncle of Sir John Shaa (died c.1503), later Lord Mayor of London.[2] His granddaughter, Julian Browne, was the second wife of Sir John Mundy, Lord Mayor of London.


In 1450 Shaa was apprenticed to a London goldsmith, probably Robert Butler. He completed his apprenticeship in 1458, and in 1462 was appointed engraver to the Royal Mint at the Tower of London and Calais. He held the office for the next twenty years.[2]

Shaa was mayor in interesting times. It is sometimes stated[2] that Shaa's brother, Ralph Shaa, preached against the legitimacy of Edward IV's marriage and that Shaa (as mayor) offered the crown to Richard III.[1] Shaa is a character in William Shakespeare's play Richard III. Sir John Shaa, the first 16th century Lord Mayor, was his nephew, while Sir William Browne (d. 3 June 1514), Lord Mayor in 1513, was his son-in-law.

Shaa made his will on 20 March 1488,[3] and died 20 April 1488. He was buried in the Mercers' chapel in the church of St Thomas of Acon.[2] In 1506 his son-in-law, Thomas Rich, was his surviving executor.[4]

Amongst numerous legacies at his death was a sum to found a grammar school at Stockport, where his parents had been buried.[2] He is commemorated by a Blue Plaque on Church Brow, Mottram.[1]

Marriage and issue

Shaa married, by 1471, a wife named Julian (d. July 1494), whose surname is unknown, by whom he had a son and two daughters:[3][5][6]

  • Hugh Shaa, who died without issue.
  • Margaret Shaa, who married a London mercer, Thomas Rich, the son of John Rich (d. 29 July 1458) by his wife Isabel, and grandson and heir of Richard Rich (d.1463-4), Sheriff of London in 1441.[7][8][9][10] Margaret Shaa's husband, Thomas Rich, was alive in 1506,[4] but had died by 1513; in the will of Margaret's brother-in-law, Sir William Browne, dated 29 May 1513, she is described as 'Margaret Riche, widow'.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Sir Edmund Shaa – Blue Plaque". Tameside MBC webpages. Tameside MBC. Retrieved 22 October 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Tucker 2004.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Middleton 1906, p. 53.
  4. 4.0 4.1 'St. Mary le Bow 104/21-2', Historical gazetteer of London before the Great Fire: Cheapside; parishes of All Hallows Honey Lane, St Martin Pomary, St Mary le Bow, St Mary Colechurch and St Pancras Soper Lane (1987), pp. 294–298 Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  5. Sharpe 1890, pp. 611–12, 617, 639–41.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Brown 1888, pp. 151–3.
  7. Metcalfe 1878, p. 276.
  8. Collins 1756, p. 234.
  9. Nicolas 1826, pp. 299, 339.
  10. Weever 1767, p. 188.
  11. Brown 1888, p. 152.


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