naval administrator, and MP. He
is best known for his diary, kept from 1660 until 1669, which provides
a remarkable documentary Of Charles II's London. It was written
in Thomas Shelton's system of shorthand, in six volumes, and was
first deciphered in 1819.
Pepys was born on 23rd February 1633 over his father's tailor's
shop in Salisbury Court between Fleet Street and The Thames. He
moved to Brampton from London because of his health and fears of
The Plague (from which several of his brothers died.)
Pepys family originated from Cottenham although Samuel was born
in London, the son of a tailor. One of his relations, Paulina Pepys,
was married to Sir Sydney Montagu, which explains the connection
between Samuel and Sir Sydney's son.
lived at Brampton for part of his boyhood and attended the Huntingdon
Free School. He became Montagu's secretary in in 1660, after serving
him in more minor capacities. He lived for a time in his house in
Brampton which he inherited from his uncle and which still stands.