TOWNSEND, Isaac (c.1685-1765), of Old Windsor, Berks. and Thorpe, Surr.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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28 Dec. 1744 - 1754
28 Mar. 1757 - 21 Nov. 1765

Family and Education

b. c.1685, nephew of Sir Isaac Townsend, commr. of the navy, of Portsmouth. m. Elizabeth, da. of William Larcum, surgeon, of Richmond, 1s. 1da.

Offices Held

Entered R.N. c.1698, capt. 1720, r.-adm. 1744, v.-adm. 1746, adm. 1747; gov. Greenwich Hospital 1754-d.; e. bro. of Trinity House 1751.


On attaining flag rank after some forty years’ service, Townsend was returned for Portsmouth on the Admiralty interest in 1744. In 1745 he took or destroyed 30 French merchantmen bound from Europe for Martinique, driving ashore their convoy of two men of war.1 Absent from the division on the Hanoverians in 1746, he was classed as a government supporter in 1747. He died 21 Nov. 1765.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Paula Watson


  • 1. Gent. Mag. 1745, p. 628.