Jacobite parliamentarian. The son of a clergyman, Shippen trained as a barrister. He became a Tory MP in 1707, and, but for one short interlude (1709–10), remained in Parliament for the rest of his life. During the Tory administration (1710–14) he emerged as an outspoken member of the Jacobite wing of the party. With the ostracization of the Tory Party after George I's accession in 1714, Shippen settled into a routine of unrelenting opposition to successive Whig ministries.
Subjects: British History.