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22 b Sir William and Lady Margaret Creagh had a daughter Margaret who married Anthony Isaacson The Isaacson Lineage

Margaret  Creagh   B  1682      d 1732    in Newcastle  married Anthony Isaacson  born 1670  died 1746

The Isaacson Lineage

There is one common theme with the Isaacsons, they had lots of children, and used the same names many times over.

The earliest research has William Isaacson who died around 1532 with two sons.    The name was recorded as Ikason

William Isaacson              Sheffield Yorkshire                Our lineage
Phillip    Isaacson    b  1500

William married Isabel Scales from Kildwick in Yorkshire  

         (From Boyd's there is a death and burial of Isabella Scales 12 August 1573)

William and Isabel had at two sons

 Richard Isaacson     Our lineage
 Paul Isaacson          married Catherine Peacock

Richard was born in 1550 at St Catharine Coleman (Bap) London

He married Susan  de Bryan (Brian)  daughter of Thomas Brian of London

Visitation of London--Isaacson 001 Richard was a painter and stainer, (artist) and Deputy Governor of The East India Company.  He was also the Sheriff of London.

East India Company, also called English East India Company, formally (1600–1708) Governor and Company of Merchants of London Trading into the East Indies, or (1708–1873) United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East Indies,  English company formed for the exploitation of trade with East and Southeast Asia and India, incorporated by royal charter on December 31, 1600. 

 Starting as a monopolistic trading body, the company became involved in politics and acted as an agent of British imperialism in India from the early 18th century to the mid-19th century. In addition, the activities of the company in China in the 19th century served as a catalyst for the expansion of British influence there.

The company was formed to share in the East Indian spice trade. This trade had been a monopoly of Spain and Portugal until the defeat of the Spanish Armada (1588) by England gave the English the chance to break the monopoly. Until 1612 the company conducted separate voyages, separately subscribed. There were temporary joint stocks until 1657, when a permanent joint stock was raised.
East India House [Credit: City of London Libraries and Guildhall Art Gallery/Heritage-Images]East India Company: official of the East India Company riding in an Indian procession [Credit: ©]

The company met with opposition from the Dutch in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) The company received a Royal Charter from Queen Elizabeth in 1600, making it the oldest among several similarly formed European East India Companies. Wealthy merchants and aristocrats owned the Company's shares. The government owned no shares and had only indirect control.

(This great grandfather certainly must have had some wealth)   

From the Archives:

Short title: Taylor v Isackson. Plaintiffs: Robert Taylor . Defendants: Richard Isackson . Subject: property ...
...Isackson. Plaintiffs: Robert Taylor . Defendants: Richard Isackson . Subject: property in Northumberland Place, St Katherine Coleman, London . Document type: bill, answer, replication. ... Collection: Records created, acquired, and inherited by Chancery, and also of the Wardrobe, Royal Household, Exchequer and various commissions Date range:01 January 1596 - 31 December 1603 Reference:C 3/292/46 Subjects:Litigation

Northumberland Place is just of Trafalgar Square, central London.

His father William remarried Ellen daughter of Thomas Walplade of Banbury Oxford
        His son with Ellen was Powle Isaacson   b   1600   d  1685

Richard was buried in St Catherine's Church.  The church was demolished late in the 1770, and from the archives:

In the chancel  this inscription, on a marble grave stone:

"Here lyeth the body of Richard Isaacson, esq, Eastland merchant, and free of the Paynters Stayners of this citi of London who having lived in this parish 58 years slept in the Lord 19 January AD 1620

From the Archives:

Richard Isaacson, by will, dated 8th November 1620 gave unto the poor inhabitants of St Catherine Coleman, 52s yearly to be distributed every Wednesday, weekly, in bread, among the said poor inhabitants, at the discretion of the parsons, churchwardens, and overseers; such sum to issue out of a tenement in the said parish, then or late in the tenure of John Richards.

This annuity is paid by the East India Company in respect of ground on which their warehouses partly stand, to the overseers of the poor. 

Twelve threepenny loaves are distributed every Sunday, and the deficiency of the charity fund to supply that quantity is made good out of the poor rates.  The distribution has always been made by the overseers at their discretion.  The bread is brought to the church and given after diving service to such as attend church.

Will of Richard Isaackson or Isaacson, Painter Stainer of Saint Katherine Coleman, City of London
Date:19 January 1621
Held by:The National Archives, Kew
A letter written by Randolp Isaacson regarding his father and grandfather.

 Concerning Henry Isaacson a.
I find that my grandfather dyed in St.Cathrin Coleman’s
parish London, the 19® January, 1620, and to my best
rememberance upon his gravestone in the chancell it was
ingraven that hee had lived in the said parrish 58 yeares.
He (was) fined for not serving the office of shereif of
London, being chosen in the yeare 1618.
My father died in St. Cathrin Coleman’s parrish above-
said about the 7® of December, 1654, which is neare
34 years after my grandfather’s death. I calculate from
the tyme of his birth to my grandfather’s death to bee
39 yeares : ad b the 34 yeares after my grandfather’s death
to the 39 before: 39 + 34 makes 73 yeares his age—which
all the familie agree that hee was seaventy three yeares
of age when he died, so that he was borne in anno 1581.
Borne in anno 1581, dyed aged 73, makes 1654 the yeare
when he dyed. And in all probability he was borne
in St. Kathrin Coleman’s parish, my grandfather having
lived so long tyme there : the church booke, if extant,
will soone resolve yow—I never heard any thing to the
My brother William Isaacson could more exactly give
you an account of the degrees he tooke, if any, but the
University was Cambriege and the College Pembrooke-Hall.
I thinke I have heard he was Mr. of Arts standing, but
am somthing uncertayne of this. ^ T
s J Rand. Isaacson.

Fifeild, the ai« Aprill 1681.

  • MS. Aubr. 8, fol. 89. of Anthony Wood : the letter is the
  • This title is in the handwriting original. ^ i.e. ad

Henry Isaacson      b  1581      d  1684       Our lineage
William Isaacson    b  1612       d  1661  

Henry Isaacson married Elizabeth Fanshawe.  She was the daughter of John Fanshawe of London. They had nine sons and eight daughters. 

Elizabeth Fanshaw (Fanshawe) was the sole inheriter of her father’s estates in London. 

Boyd's 1580

 Her fathers' family were quite prominent in London.

Boyd's Inhabitants of London and Boyd's Family Units is a comprehensive collection of about 70,000 handwritten sheets with details of an individual London family. Most of the sheets date from the 16th to 18th centuries, although select records reach back to the 13th century up until the 20th century.

There were numerous branches of the family.  The manor of PARSLOES was a free tenement held of the manor of Barking. The present Parsloes Park was the centre of the estate. From the 17th century to the 20th it was owned by the Fanshawes, who lived there for most of that period and were one of the leading families of the district.

There is a marriage between John Fanshaw and Mary.  This cannot be proven to be Elizabeth's parents as yet.

First name(s) JOHN
Supplied first name(s) Mary
Last name FANSHAW
Spouse's first name(s) John
Spouse's supplied first name(s) Jn
Spouse's last name Fanshaw
Marriage year 1597
Dedication Bishop Ml
Possible counties London,Essex, Hertfordshire, Middlesex
County London
Country England
Record set Boyd's 1st Misc
Category Life Events (BDMs)
Record collection Marriages & divorces
Collections from United Kingdom

 (It should be pointed out that others had her name as Elizabeth Fan.  When proving the research, I was unable to find anything at all about a Fan family, other than a transcription however I did discover Fanshawe, as the family name, and thence the history of their lives.)

Henry Isaacson had a rich and interesting life.  He was quite famous in his time.

Henry Isaacson went to Pembroke Hall   Treasurer of Bridewall and Bedlam 1643 - 54. Elected Chamberlain of London 1651 but declined 

From the Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1 - 22

ISAACSON, HENRY (1581–1654), theologian and chronologer, born in the parish of St. Catherine, Coleman Street, London, in September 1581, was the eldest son of Richard Isaacson, by Susan, daughter of Thomas Bryan (Visitation of London, 1633–5, Harl. Soc., ii. 3–4). He appears to have been educated under the care of Bishop Lancelot Andrewes [q. v.], by whom he was sent to Pembroke Hall, Cambridge. 

Upon leaving college he became an inmate of the bishop's house, and remained with him as his amanuensis and intimate friend until Andrewes's death in 1626. In 1645 he held the office of treasurer of Bridewell and Bedlam (Gent. Mag. 1831, pt. ii. p. 502).

Besides handsomely providing for his numerous children, of whom several settled in Cambridgeshire, Isaacson, in imitation of his father, was a benefactor to the poor of the parish of St. Catherine, Coleman Street, where he died on 7 Dec. 1654, and was buried on the 14th (Smyth, Obituary, Camden Soc., p. 39, name misprinted ‘Jackson’). 

In his will he described himself as ‘citizen and painter-stainer of London’ (P. C. C. 263, Aylett), and bequeathed to Dr. Collins, provost of King's College, Cambridge, a portrait of Bishop Andrewes. By his wife Elizabeth, daughter and sole heiress of John Fan* of London, he had nine sons and eight daughters. He was owner of the advowson of Woodford, Essex, to which he presented successively his younger brother William and his eldest son Richard (Wood, Fasti Oxon. ed. Bliss, i. 377).

In 1630 appeared a small volume called ‘Institutiones Piæ, or Directions to Pray,’ &c., 12mo, London, collected by ‘H. I.,’ which passed through several editions. Some passages are borrowed from Andrewes's ‘Preces Privatæ,’ and in a preface to the fourth edition (1655) the original publisher, Henry Seile, claimed the whole work for Andrewes, and described Isaacson's relations to the three former editions as that of a kind foster-father then lately dead (cf. Hale's Preface to Institutiones Piæ, ed. 1839).

Isaacson's principal work is a great folio entitled ‘Satvrni Ephemerides, sive Tabvla Historico-Chronologica, containing a Chronological Series … of the foure Monarchyes. … As also a Succession of the Kings and Rulers over most Kingdoms and Estates of the World … with a Commend of the History of the Church of God from the Creation … lastly an Appendix of the Plantation and Encrease of Religion in … Britayne,’ &c., London, 1633. It was probably inspired by Andrewes.

 The lists of authorities fill six pages, and the citations and references are remarkable for their accuracy. Richard Crashaw contributed some pleasing verses in explanation of the curious engraved title-page by W. Marshall (Crashaw, Works, ed. Grosart, i. 246).

Isaacson wrote also ‘An Exact Narrative of the Life and Death of … Lancelot Andrewes,’ 4to, London, 1650, which was incorporated in the following year in Fuller's ‘Abel Redivivus.’ The work treats of Andrewes's mental endowments rather than of the events of his life. An edition published in 1829 by a descendant, Stephen Isaacson [q.v.] , contains a life of the author. To Isaacson may be probably ascribed the devotional manuals issued under the initials of ‘H. I.:’ 1. ‘Jacob's Ladder, consisting of fifteene degrees or ascents to the knowledge of God by the consideration of His creatures and attributes,’ 12mo, London, 1637.

The address to the reader is signed ‘H. I.’ 2. ‘A Treaty of Pacification, or Conditions of Peace between God and Man,’ 12mo, London, 1642. 3. ‘A Spirituall Duell between a Christian and Satan,’ &c., 12mo, London, 1646. 4. ‘The Summe and Substance of Christian Religion, set down in a Catechisticall Way,’ 12mo, London, 1647. 5. ‘Divine Contemplations necessary for these Times,’ 12mo, London, 1648. 6. ‘The Scripture Kalendar in use by the Prophets and Apostles and by our Lord Jesus Christ,’ 8vo, London, 1653. Isaacson may likewise have furnished the ‘Address to the Reader by H. I.’ prefixed to R. Sibbes's ‘Breathing after God,’ 12mo, 1639.

[Stephen Isaacson's Life referred to; Gent. Mag. vol. ci. pt. ii. p. 194; Notes and Queries, 2nd ser. iv. 286.]

STC 14269.Henry Isaacson (1581-1654) had been for many years treasurer and amanuensis to Lancelot Andrewes, first when he was Bishop of Chichester and then of Ely and published a life of him in 1650. He was master of the Painter-Stainers' Company in 1633, 1639 and 1640 and was actively involved in City of London charities and church affairs.

 His chronology of world history, the first such work in English, is dedicated to King Charles I: "This (under your Royall Correction) I conceive to be a Worke (if not newly Invented, yet) now first Transferr'd into your Maiesties Dominions. A Worke of the like nature (though not the same Forme, Varietie, or Extent) was presented by a Stranger, to your Maiesties most Royall Father, in another Language: This is a Native of Your owne, and the first that ever spake the Language of this Countrey, so perfectly and fully, if I be not deceived."In the preface Isaacson explains that when "I first undertooke this worke, I aymed at nothing, but mine owne private use, partly for my Information, and partly to spend some vacant hours for recreation; and the reason of my then committing it to writing, was to helpe the naturall infirmity and weaknes of my memory, being loath to loose those houres, which I had so spent, or spend them so, that I might not be bettered by my reading: For not to read at all, or so to reade, as to forget, amounteth to same in effect."

His chronology is not just a dry table of dates and he apologises to the reader for "enterlacing it with Stories, Poeticall tables, and many other matters: for which I hope I shall not be shent [reproached]." It very much reflects his own interests, including, for example, the deaths of painters such as Nicholas Hilliard and Peter Oliver, poets such as Spenser and Daniel (but not Shakespeare), historians, mathematicians, explorers, etc.

The chronology is prefaced by a six-page list of his sources arranged by subject - he either had a remarkably comprehensive library or, more likely, had access to the library of Bishop Andrewes.There are ten prefatory Latin verses in praise of the author and his work. The English verses in explanation of the engraved title are attributed to Richard Crashaw.Provenance: Inscription on the front pastedown "John Crocombe, Lympton, North Devon, 1718"
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In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Woodford like this:

WOODFORD-ST. MARY, a parish in West Ham district, Essex; on the Stratford and Ongar railway, 4¼ miles N by E of Stratford. It has a r. station, of the name of Woodford; and it contains W.-Green village, with a head post-office.‡ W.-Bridge village, with a post-office under Chigwell-Road, and W. village and W.-Wells village, with post-offices under W.-Green. Acres, 2,148. Real property, £18,277. Pop. in 1851, 2,774; in 1861, 3,457. Houses, 631. The increase of pop. arose from erection of house s consequent upon railway communication with London. ...

From the Anglican Archives:

Madras, as we have seen, was actually founded in 1640, but it was not until 1647 that the first Chaplain, Mr. Isaacson, was appointed. He had been at Surat since 1644, and it seems that when he was first appointed to Madras he disliked the change so greatly that he wrote a complaint to his father, who occupied a high position in the City of London.

His father's request that he should be re-transferred to Surat was granted, but as the order did not reach Mr. Isaacson for a year, and as he apparently had grown during this time to like Madras greatly, he seems to have lingered on in Madras six months longer than he needed.

That he became popular in Madras is evident from the fact that the President and Council, when writing of him to the Court in London, wrote as follows: "Since even the very opinion of the President and Council as of all others, that such a civil and well-governed man is as much, if not more, necessary for the religious order and reputation of this place, where you have so many servants and other Christians living under your command, and wanting instructions as any other Factories in India whatsoever; we doubt not of prevailing with your said President and Council to admit of his continuance here before we shall have any ship to transport him thither; until you please to send out such another (although none for comportment and language can fit this place better than Mr. Isaacson); and not to be offended at this our reasonable request which is so considerably necessary for the good of your servants, and repute of your town, whose inhabitants as well as our neighbours are apt to observe how much your worships seem to slight this place in so small a matter."

William Isaacson returned to Surat in 1648, and was there for two years. He then went on leave, and on his return to India was again stationed at Madras, where we find him in 1654 to 1657. He seems to have entirely got over his early prejudice against Madras.


The original petition that gathered eyewitness accounts (including that of William Isaacson) of the activities of the two French Catholic friars in Madras who were accused of attempting to forcibly conver the children of Protestant men and Portuguese women to Catholicism.  Titled:  Copies of Attestations Concerning two French Padres  24 January 1660

Interesting times in Madras, and other towns linked to the East India Company, they didn't want mixed marriages, ie Catholic and Anglican!

Henry and Elizabeth had 17 children:

Randolph                     d 1688    married  Margaret Shawe
Thomas      b   1608    d  1666    m   Elizabeth Clarke
Elizabeth     b   1609                   m   George Foye     1633
Richard      b   1610
Henry        b   1612                   m    Eleanor Aylett
William      b   1615
Jacob          b    1616      d    1655
Susan         b     1617      d    1682  m  John Clarke   1648
Ann           b     1618
Mary          b     1619                     m  Rev John Gent
Jerome       b     1621
Rebecca     b     1622
Franciscus   b    1624
Anthony     b     1626       d    1683    m   Jane Lawson         Our lineage
Martha       b     1628                        m  Obediah Smith
Margaret    b    1630                        m  John Potkin
Lucia          b    1633       d   1633

A little about Randolph Isaacson  

Randolph Issacson was one of the 17 children of Henry Isaacson (1581–1654), (by Elizabeth, daughter of John Fan, leather-seller), of St. Katherine Coleman, who was of a family with a Sheffield origin, but was a citizen and Painter-stainer of London (of which company he was a warden and was its Master in 1633 & 1639, following his uncle Pawle Isaacson, who was master in 1627). 

Randolph Isaacson's wife Margaret was the daughter of Robert Shawe II, son of Robert Shaw, vintner, of St. George’s, Southwark, Surrey), and brother of Sir John Shaw, Bt., of Broad street, London and Eltham Lodge, (designed by Hugh May), Kent, and of Hurstpierpoint, Sussex. Hurstpierpoint was granted to John Shaw, with a baronetcy, by Charles II, in return for money lent to him during his exile, which connection was of great importance to later generations of Dodsons as three members were incumbents (rectors) there 1707–1807.

Randolph and Margaret daughter of Elizabeth Domilowe were married in 1641 and had several children

Randolph                   died  1655
Margaret                  b  1643          m   Jerimiah Dodson
Mary                        b   1646         m   John Lawson
James                       b   1660  d   1724    m   Mary Smith and Anne Plume

This links the Isaacson and Lawson families.

Margaret Shawe's family

Her brother:

Sir John Shaw, 1st Baronet (c 1615 - 1680) was an English merchant and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1661 to 1679.

Shaw was the son of Robert Shaw, of Southwark, Surrey, Citizen and Vintner of London and his wife Elizabeth Domilowe, daughter of John Domilowe of London. He made a considerable fortune in business and provided Charles II during exile with considerable sums of money.

 After the Restoration, he was made one of the Farmers of the Customs of London. He was knighted on 28 July 1660. In 1661, he was elected Member of Parliament for Lyme Regis in the Cavalier Parliament. From 1663 he leased, from the Crown, the Manor of Eltham which included the then derelict Kings House or Eltham Palace and built a new manor house Eltham Lodge on the estate.

 He was created baronet of Eltham on 15 April 1665. In 1667, he rebuilt the north aisle of Eltham Church.
From Maritime Museum Greenwich the remains of the old palace.
Sir John Shaw, (c.1615-80), of Broad Street, London and Hugh May's Eltham Lodge, Kent. [ Eltham Lodge] was born c.1615, 2nd son of Robert Shaw (d.1678), vintner, of Southwark, Surrey, and Leadenhall Street, London. Gent. of the privy chamber June 1660-d.; commissioner of customs Sept. 1660-2, farmer 1662-71; commissioner of trade Nov. 1660-8, plantations December 1660-70, joint paymaster of Dunkirk garrison December 1660-2; surveyor of shipping 1661-death; asstistant Ranger Adventurers into Africa by 1664-71; surveyor of woods and forests c.1667. Lt.-col. of white regt. militia ft., London Oct. 1660-?65; commissioner for assessment, London 1661-3, Kent 1663-4, 1667-d., London and Surr. 1664-9, loyal and indigent officers, London and Westminster 1662; dep. lt. London 1662-?65; j.p. Kent 1665-d.; collector of customs, London 1669-d.; commr. for recusants, Kent 1675.

Shaw died at the age of 64 in Great Southampton (or Bloomsbury) Square, St Giles' in the Fields, London and was buried at Eltham on 6 March 1680.

Shaw married firstly, in or before 1660, Sarah Ashe, daughter of Joseph Ashe, of Beshford, Somerset. She died in December 1662, and was buried at St Mildred's Bread Street. He married secondly on 24 June 1663 at Eltham Bridget, Dowager Viscountess Kilmorey . daughter of Sir William Drury, of Besthorpe, Norfolk, and his wife Mary Cokayne, daughter of William Cokayne, Merchant, of London.

His widow married as her third husband Sir John Baber on 15 February 1681, at St. Brides' London. She was buried at Eltham on 11 July 1699.

Randolph and Margaret's son James was also a Member of Parliament.   

ISAACSON, James (1660-1724), of Lambeth, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1690-1715, ed. D. Hayton, E. Cruickshanks, S. Handley, 2002
Available from Boydell and Brewer
1698 - 10 Feb. 1699

Family and Education

bap. 3 Sept. 1660, o. surv. s. of Randolph (or Randall) Isaacson, merchant, of St. Katharine Coleman, London by Margaret, da. of Robert Shawe of St. George’s, Southwark, Surr.  m. (1) 6 Sept. 1688, Anne, da. of Nicolas Pluym (or Plume) of Wandsworth, Surr., 1s. d.v.p. at least 1da.; (2) 9 Nov. 1702, Mary, da. of one Smith of Walton, Essex; (3) Barbara; 1 other da.  suc. fa. 1688.1

Offices Held

Commr. stamp duty 1694–1702; King’s warehouse keeper of the customs, port of London c.1696–?bef. 1702; commr. of customs [S] 1707–9.2

Gov. Friendly Soc. for Widows 1696.3

Asst. Banbury 1699.4


Isaacson was born into a prosperous merchant family which had been resident in the London parish of St. Katharine Coleman since at least the mid-16th century, having before then been natives of Sheffield. Details of his early career are obscure, though he is believed to have been a London stockbroker.

His associations with the capital’s financial scene are substantiated by his involvement from the mid-1690s with several other gentlemen in an early ‘friendly society’ scheme for raising a ‘joint stock of assurance for widows’. Such a society was established in 1696 and had Isaacson as one of its ‘governors’. He held a modest investment in the Old East India Company of £500 but had sold out by 1698.

 In 1693 or 1694 he submitted proposals to the Treasury for managing the newly created impost on paper and vellum, an indication that he may have had contact with members of the revenue-raising bureaucracy. His scheme was so much admired that he was rewarded with appointment in May 1694 as a commissioner at the stamp office with £300 p.a. In 1698 he was elected for Banbury.

His credentials to represent the borough are not immediately clear, though it would seem probable that he came into the seat through acquaintanceship and shared political views with Sir John Cope*, a Whig with financial commitments in the City, whose country estate near Banbury gave him an interest there. It was probably Isaacson’s new status as an MP which merited his inclusion in August on the magisterial bench for Surrey, this being his county of residence, but he was at no time added to the Oxfordshire bench.

As a Whig placeman he dutifully served the government in the Commons, appearing as a Court supporter in a comparative listing of the old and new House compiled in around September 1698, and dividing in favour of the standing army on 18 Jan. 1699. However, his parliamentary career came to an abrupt end on 10 Feb. when he was expelled from the House.

On that day a bill was moved for limiting the number of placemen in Parliament, and in the course of subsequent debate it was revealed that Isaacson was one of several Members already disqualified, being in a revenue post incompatible with a seat under the terms of an Act of 1694 granting several duties on salt, beer, ale and other liquors. It is quite probable that government enemies among the Country gentlemen saw him as a classic example of the lowly Court creature interloping in a constituency where he had no ostensible concern.

 Isaacson, apparently absent on this occasion, was immediately summoned to the House, and on arrival was permitted to speak in his own defence. After desiring time ‘to answer for himself’ the following morning, he withdrew to the Speaker’s chamber and the question was put for his expulsion. This was debated for ‘some hours’, concluding at seven in the evening with the failure of an adjournment motion by 164 votes to 111.

After being heard in his place once more, he was ordered to be expelled forthwith. Several other officials followed the same fate over the next few days. Initially, it was reported that Isaacson intended to resign his commissionership in order to stand for re-election at Banbury, but he did not in fact do so since his patron Cope, having failed to secure one of the Oxfordshire seats in 1698, now sought the Banbury seat for himself

Early in June 1702 Isaacson was removed from the stamp duties commission, an apparent victim of the purge of Whigs that accompanied the Queen’s accession. He lost no time in petitioning Lord Treasurer Godolphin (Sidney†) for the vacant post of comptroller in the same office, pointedly reminding Godolphin that it had been he who had originally ‘contrived’ these duties. But when his petition was read at a Treasury meeting on 5 June, it was evasively minuted: ‘My lord shall be glad to provide for him when there is any proper occasion.’

Undeterred, Isaacson wrote again to Godolphin on the 12th, drawing his attention to a neglected recommendation he and his fellow stamp commissioners had made to the Treasury the previous August that an extra ‘riding’ or travelling commissioner be appointed to investigate suspected abuses in certain counties, especially those occurring in the inferior courts. 

Accordingly, in mid-July, the Treasury agreed that he should be put to work in this capacity, but only for the limited period of three weeks. It was not until May 1707 that he was taken back into government employment when he was appointed to the new commission of customs established at Edinburgh, but his relations with his senior colleague, the impecunious and intemperate Sir Alexander Rigby*, were stormy.

It may be assumed that Isaacson, experienced in the byways of financial administration and mindful of the need for efficiency, resented Rigby’s nepotism and lack of professionalism. In 1709, he and two fellow commissioners drew up an account of customs management in Scotland that was heavily critical of Rigby, and sent it in May for ministerial attention in London.

Unfortunately for Isaacson, the episode demonstrated that Rigby had much greater authority with the ministry than he, for when the commission was reconstituted in June, it was Isaacson who was left out. His unsuccessful petitions of September 1710 and June 1711 to be reinstated might suggest a naive imperviousness to political reality since men of his Whiggish stamp were least likely to be favoured by the incoming Tory ministry.

But it is possible that amid recurrent reports of mismanagement within the various departments of government Isaacson felt that the ministry had particular need of men of his own particular expertise. Indeed, in August 1711 Lord Oxford (Robert Harley*) consulted him about the problems of inefficiency and loss of revenue currently afflicting the Scottish customs. He promptly submitted a detailed scheme of improvement, but it did not bring him the restoration to government service he craved

Isaacson died within a few days of completing his will on 4 Apr. 1724 and, in accordance with his request, was buried at St. Katharine Coleman church in Fenchurch Street on the 16th, ‘where my ancestors were buried’. He left leasehold estates in Dorset to his wife, and elsewhere to his two daughters.

Mary married John Lawson in 1670

Their children

John Lawson  Esq of Cramlington in Northumberland     b   26 July 1670
Robert Lawson                                                                   b   1671
Ann Lawson                                                                       b   1675

Anthony Isaacson married Joan Lawson in 1665 as the copy of the marriage bond confirms.

From his records at Pembroke College, it indicates that Joan was the daughter of John Lawson of Newcastle.  There were numerous Lawsons in Newcastle at that time, and after a great deal of research she is probably the sister of John Lawson who married Mary Isaacson.

If that is the case her father was John Lawson and her mother Ann Ross (possibly from Scotland)

John Lawson's father Thomas Lawson  b  1582   d  1618  and his mother Adelaine Brabant.

Copy of the Marriage Bond

25 Isaacson, Anty., NC, gen. 

Lawson, Jane, spr.
Ellis, Eich., c D., gen.
1665, April 27. Mr. Anthony Isackson and Mrs. Jane Lawson. —
St. Andrew's Newcastle Regs.
1665, April 27. Mr. Antho Isaacson and Mrs. Jane Lawson,
p. licence. — St. John's Newcastle Begs.

Biographical History of Anthony Isaacson

Anthony Isaacson (1626-1693) was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He was treasurer of Bridewell and Bedlam Hospitals. In 1665 he married Jane, daughter of John Lawson, of Newcastle.

He died on 15 June 1693 and was buried at St Nicholas, Newcastle.

The Baptisimal Font with the Lawson coat of arms in St Nicholas's Church
The guide at the Cathedral explained the coat of arms to us at the time.  It is a lovely old church, and unfortunately has had a lot of damage over the years.  The graves do not hold any bodies, and almost all the stained glass windows are from 1800's.    
For further photos:

This chantry was also enriched by Robert Rhodes, during the reign of king Henry VI.; and, after the death of that worthy character, the corporation of Newcastle gave seven pounds, seven shillings, and tenpence, with a house, as a maintenance for one chaplain, to pray for his soul, for whose memory they had the highest respect, and to whom the town owed many obligations. Previous to the year 1540, George Leighton was presented to the chaplainship of this chantry by James Lawson, mayor, and the guild brethren of the town, its true patrons; and, on his death in this year, William Clerke was instituted his successor.

Meeting the ancestors, the names of several children are also on the stone

He and Jane had numerous children.

Henry         1665   d  1697
John            1666   d   1738  m  Jane Lambert
Anthony      1667   d  1668
Ann             1668
Anthony      1670    d  1746    m  Margaret Creagh      Our lineage
James          1670   d   1671
Elizabeth     1671
Jane             1673   d   1715
Charles        1676   d   1731
Mary            1676
Lawson        1677   d  1678
Henrietta      1678    d  1737    m   Sir Chaloner Ogle
Margaret      1679
Catherine     1680

Anthony was the Customs Controller at Newcastle, and his cousin was at Edinburgh Scotland.

There are a great many references to his letters in various archives.

Letters from Anthony Isaacson to Sir Robert Clayton and Sir Jeremy Whitchcott

Reference Number(s) GB 133 Eng MS 899
Dates of Creation 1675-1677
Physical Description 1 volume (23 letters).
Language of Material English

Twenty original letters, bound in one volume, from Anthony Isaacson of Newcastle to Sir Robert Clayton and Sir Jeremy Whitchcott, concerning vessels carrying coal, the quantity carried, new ships, etc. A number relate to Sir Thomas J. Peyton. With copies (contemporary) of two letters from Clayton to Isaacson and a note from Peyton to the same 'at the Custome house'.

. Letter signed “Jo. Knight,” to Samuel Langford, Esq., at the 

Treasury Chambers, stating that, on Mr. Sansom's letter, he had searched
 the Custom House books as to a bill drawn by Col. Fairfax and others, 
for 200l. Dated 3 Jan. 1689.
Accompanied by two letters from 
the said Mr. Sansom, addressed to William Jephson, Esq., and to Anthony 
Isaacson, Esq., collector of customs at Newcastle, as to the pay of the 
Danish forces. (To one of these are added copies of three other 
letters.) The first dated 2 Jan. 1689, and the others in Nov. 1689.

Newcastle (Anthony Isaacson), 590, 0, 0 .... Newcastle (Anthony Isaacson), 1,060, 1, 9

 13 March 1690.
Minuted:— u Agreed to.” 2 pages.
March 13. 31. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the
Treasury, as to a surcharge of 66?. by the examiners of the outport
books, made on Mr. Anthony Isaacson, collector of the port of
Newcastle, for omitting to collect the aliens’ duties upon lead, &c.
exported from that port by aliens ; recommending him to their
Lordships* favourable consideration. 

Dated 13 Mar. 1690....Letter of Anthony Isaacson to "William Jephson, Esq., stating that though he ....

Dec. 3. 20. Letter of Anthony Isaacson to "William Jephson, Esq., stating
that though he had not the money paid him on account of the aid
of 1 id. per pound for the town of Newcastle, he would find a way
to accommodate the 500/.. if the Danish officers required it, but the
Brigadier Elnberger thinks it beneath him to receive his money
from Baron Juell, &c. Dated 3 Dec. 1689.

They were as follows : — (1) A charter dated at Newcastle-npon-Tyne, ...... In 1650 Bruges and Hamburg both invited them to settle in their cities ; the fear of a religious ...... A letter from Mr. Anthony Errington, senior, a brother of this Company, was ...... boe desired to speake with Mr. Isakson, Collect«r of the Customes House, ...

Their daughter Henrietta married Sir Chaloner Ogle

b. c.1680, o.s. of John Ogle of Newcastle-upon-Tyne by Mary, da. of Richard Braithwaite of Warcop, Westmld. m. (1) c.1726, Henrietta (d. 18 Sept. 1737), da. of Anthony Isaacson of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, s.p.; (2) 30 Oct. 1737, his 1st cos. Isabella, da. of Nathaniel Ogle of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Kirkley, s.p. Kntd. May 1723. suc. fa. 1740.

OGLE, Sir Chaloner (c.1680-1750), of Twickenham, Mdx. and Kirkley, Northumb.

Offices Held

Entered R.N. 1697, lt. 1702, capt. 1708; c.-in-c. Jamaica 1732-5; r.-adm. 1739; c.-in-c. W. Indies 1742-5; v.-adm. 1743, adm. 1744, adm. of the fleet 1749.


A distinguished naval officer, of a Northumberland family descended from a younger son of Ralph, 3rd Lord Ogle, who died in 1513,1 Ogle received his knighthood for capturing two notorious pirate ships off the West African coast in February 1722.

 While in Jamaica under Admiral Edward Vernon in 1742, he was tried and found guilty of an assault upon the governor, Edward Trelawny, in that during a quarrel between them he had laid his hand on the hilt of his sword, but at Trelawny’s request no judgment was given.

 On returning to England from the West Indies in 1745, he was president of the court martial which tried certain officers for misconduct during the action off Toulon, 11 Feb. 1744. In the following year he was brought in by the Administration for Rochester on the death of Admiral Nicholas Haddock. Pelham would have preferred Admiral John Byng, but acquiesced in the Duke of Bedford’s choice of Ogle—‘he won’t be so much employed abroad, and of consequence a better attender in Parliament’.

In a news-letter of 24 Dec. 1746 Ogle is described as ‘snug [at Rochester] and will hardly care to go to sea any more’.4 Re-elected in 1747 he died 11 Apr. 1750, being succeeded at Rochester by Byng.

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