REBOW, Sir Isaac (1655-1726), of Head St., Colchester, Essex.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1689 - 1690
12 Nov. 1692 - 21 Nov. 1702
14 Dec. 1702 - 6 May 1714
1715 - 1722

Family and Education

bap. 15 July 1655, o.s. of John Rebow of Colchester, merchant, by Sarah, da. of Francis Tayspil of Colchester, bay [baize]-maker. m. (1) bef. 1682, Mary, da. of James Lemyng of Greyfriars, Colchester by Mary da. and coh. of Sir William Batten, M.P., surveyor gen. of the navy, 1s.; (2) Dec. 1685, Mary, da. of Thomas Maccro, apothecary, of Bury, Suff., 2da.; (3) lic. 19 Nov. 1694, Elizabeth, da. of Sir William Wiseman, 1st Bt., of Rivenhall, Essex, wid. of John Lamotte Honeywood, M.P., of Markshall, Essex, s.p. Kntd. 26 Mar. 1693. suc. fa. 1699.

Offices Held

V.-adm. Essex 1693-6, 1702; mayor, Colchester 1716.


Descended from Flemish Protestant refugees and the grandson of a weaver, Rebow made a fortune in the clothing industry, becoming one of the leading men in Colchester,1 for which he was returned at the Revolution as a Whig. He was knighted by William III, who used to stay at his house on the way to and from Harwich.2 Re-elected in 1715, he consistently supported the Government. Defeated in 1722, he petitioned, but though twice renewed his petition was not heard. He died 6 Sept. 1726, leaving the bulk of his estates to his grandson, Isaac Lemyng Rebow.3

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Essex Rev. vi. 174-5; J. H. Round, Hist. and Antiquities of Colchester Castle (1882), pp. 128-9.
  • 2. Luttrell, iii. 65, 216; iv. 698.
  • 3. PCC 192 Plymouth.