Rev. Edmund Ibbot

Edmund Ibbot (c1633 – 1677)

Early Life

Edmund Ibbot was born in St.Neots (then in Huntingdonshire but now in Cambridgeshire) around 1633. He was the son of John Ibbot. According to his entry in the Cambridge Alumni 1261 – 1900 he attended Huntingdon School. This may have been Huntingdon Free School whose Headmaster is believed to have been a Mr Thomas Taylor. He entered Christ’s College Cambridge University in 1649 as a sizer. This term means that he had part of his costs paid for him by the University usually in return for working part time for them.

In 1656 he became his career as a Chaplain in the Navy and was subsequently attached to the Naseby. In this capacity he became involved with the expedition to bring the exiled Prince Charles (Charles II) home from France. Plans for Charles’ triumphal return and the Restoration of the Monarchy had been in place for some time and as a result the Naseby (the flagship of the British Navy) had been anchored in the Downs for a month awaiting final instructions from Parliament. During this time Edmund struck up a close friendship with the famous diarist Samuel Pepys who was also on board being part of the welcoming party. The command was finally given and the fleet sailed for Holland on the 11th May 1660. An unexpected storm prevented their immediate return and so it was the 23rd May before the future Charles II could board the ship for his journey home to England arriving at Dover on the 24th May 1660.

It was thought inappropriate that the Naseby bore a name associated with the recent Commonwealth period and work had already started to re-name the vessel. The completion of this project however did not officially take place until Charles was on board. Edmund Ibbot would have played a major role in the rededication ceremony for this ship that would henceforth be known as Royal Charles.

Rector of Deal 1662 – 1677

In 1662 Edmund Ibbot was awarded the title of Professor of Theology, His graduation record at Cambridge University includes the Latin phrase ‘per Literas Regias’ which translate as ‘by Royal Letters’ He was installed as the rector of Deal on the 25th September, replacing Thomas Seliyard who had been removed following his refusal to accept the doctrines of the Church of England. This man later became a non-conformist Minister. Edmund had married Elizabeth Boys in 1661. She was the daughter of John Boys of Bettshanger and had previously been married to a Puritan Minister called Francis Quinton, the Rector of Adisham, who had died sometime after 1658. Edmund and Elizabeth were married in London as shown by their Marriage licence.

Ibbot, Edmund of Northbourne, Kent, clerk, bachelor, about 27, and Elizabeth Quinton, of Betshanger, Kent, widow, about 28 – at St. Nicholas Olave, London. 30 April 1661.

They had the following family baptised at St.Leonard’s

Elizabeth d of Edmund and Elizabeth 16 Mar 1663/4
Edmund s of Edmund and Elizabeth 9 Jun 1665
Margaret d of Edmund and Elizabeth 10 Aug 1666
Ann d of Edmund and Elizabeth 15 Aug 1667
Bur 28 Aug 1667
John s of Edmund and Elizabeth 24 Sept 1668
Boys s of Edmund and Elizabeth 4 Oct 1669
Cordelia d of Edmund and Elizabeth 29 Nov 1670
Bur 21 Jul 1674
Jeffrey s of Edmund and Elizabeth 17 Jul 1672
Bur 16 Sept 1678
Ann d of Edmund and Elizabeth 22 Jan 1674/5

Margaret Ibbot’s Baptism on the 10th of August 1666 is particularly interesting as it provides us with first hand evidence of the presence of plague in Deal. The Rev. Ibbot includes an additional entry on the Register that reads as follows.

‘borne and baptised at Betsanger in ye dismalle tyme of plague in Deal’

From this reference it is clear that Elizabeth returned home to her family in Betshanger in order to give their new child a fighting chance of avoiding the pestilence.

In a survey of Churches in Kent published in Archaeologia Cantiana in 1895 there is a short passage about St.Leonard’s Church.

‘Deale – Value 120li. Patron, the Archbishop. Incumbent, Mr Edward (Edmund) Ibbot, a young man of good parts. One hundred and fifty communicants, of which 100 received last Easter. They all generally come to Church, not above 20 sectaryes, of whom Captain Taverner the Chief. Church and Parsonage house in very good repaire. They have noe font, nor surplice.’

According to the The Concise Oxford English Dictionary the word sectary is defined as
‘A member of a sect, esp (Historically) of the Independents; Presbytarians,etc, at the time of the English Civil War.’

Edmund Ibbot died in 1677 and was buried at St.Leonard’s on the 5th October. Sadly, his Will, if indeed he made one, appears to have been ‘lost’ as has that of his wife Elizabeth who passed away around 1682. We do however have the Inventory made at the time for Reverend Ibbot. This gives us a rare insight into the world of a rural Cleric.

Edmund Ibbot bur 5 Oct 1677

Research by Sue Buckman

Cambridge University Alumni 1261 - 1900
London, England Marriage licences 1521 – 1869 by Joseph Foster
The Dairy of Samuel Pepys
St.Leonard’s Church, List of Rectors and Prebendaries
St.Leonard’s Parish Register
Archaeologia Cantiana Vol 21
The Concise Oxford Dictionary