Name: John Isham
Birth: AUG 1525 in Ringstead 1 2
Death: 17 MAR 1596 in Lamport, Northamptonshire
Burial: 19 MAR 1596 2
Occupation: Warden of Mercers Company
CITG: Mercer (Warden)
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Change Date: 19 AUG 2011
John Isham, the 4th son of Euseby Isham of Pytchley, who made a fortune as a London mercer, bought the manor of Lamport in 1560. His grandson John was created a baronet in 1627.
John Isham, a successful wool merchant and man of learning, built a new manor house (Lamport Hall) in 1568, and assisted by his son Thomas, accumulated a fine library of Elizabethan literature.
The picture of John Isham, Esq. who bought Lamport has on it Aetatis suae 44 and on the uppermost part of the frame, which was broken, was the date of ye year viz 1589. On ye uppermost part of the Frame of John Isham's Picture is this:
In Respect of Things Etarnal
Life is Vayne and Mortal.
John Isham, the founder of Lamport line, was apprenticed to Otwell Hill June 29, 1542.
In 1546 his father had given him a legacy of five marks, doubtless the foundation of his capital of future years.
About 1551, like his brother Gregory, he became a citizen and freeman of the mercers, of whose company he was warden in 1567 and 1577, and a merchant adventurer of London. He must have prospered from the first, for he joined with his brother Robert, the parson of Pytchley, in the purchase from Sir William Cecil of the manor and advowson of Lamport on Jan. 13, 1559-60 for ?610, a purchase recorded in the remembrance book of Sir John Isham his grandson. He built the greater part of the house of Lamport in the year 1568 and in 1581-82 he served as high sheriff of Northamptonshire, having settled at Lamport in 1572.
His will of Sept. 22, 1594, orders that there should be laid upon his grave a fair plain stone with a scutcheon of copper or brass in each corner, on which scutcheons should be graven the arms of the city of London, the arms of the merchant adventurers of Flanders, the arms of the mercers of London, and the arms of the Ishams, "with such other arms, superscriptions, verses and posies as my son Thomas Isham and other sonnes and friends shall devise and allow of to testifie to posteritie of what house I descend bothe of my father and mothers side, that I was a merchant adventurer of the cittie of London and free of the company of the mercers, and by that meanes with the blessing and favoure of God receyved my preferrment and was enhabled to purchase the manor of Langporte and patronage of the church.
According to the family tree John Isham had 6 sons and two daughters, Anne and Elizabeth. John the 1st Baronet had 1 son and two daughters, Elizabeth and Judith.
Justinian the 4th Baronet had a daughter Susanna born 1696 and died 1726, we believe unmarried as there is no mention of a marriage on the family tree.
Carole Almond, Lamport Hall
His dau Elizabeth married her cousin George, great grandson of Giles Poulton and Katherine Lovett (qv).
Father: Euseby Isham
Mother: Anne Pulton
6 OCT 1552
in St Martin Ironmongers Lane, London 2
- Thomas Isham b: 11 SEP 1555 in Lamport, Northants
- Type: Book
Periodical: The Baronetage of England
Author: Rev William Betham
- Text: Northamptonshire Notes & Queries.
- Text: Northamptonshire Record Office
- Text: "Remembrances of Sr. John Isham First Baronet enter'd May 30, 1627."