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John Creed FRS (abt. 1630 - 1701)

John Creed FRS
Born about in Oundle, Northamptonshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of and [mother unknown]
Brother of
Husband of — married 18 Oct 1668 (to 18 Sep 1701) in Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire, Englandmap
Died [location unknown]
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John Creed FRS is Notable.

John Creed naval administrator, was probably born at Oundle, Northamptonshire. He took service with Edward Mountagu, and is first mentioned in public business in April 1656. In April 1659 he sailed to the Baltic with Mountagu as secretary to the fleet. Later that year he urged his master to enter politics to save 'this poor broken nation' [1] This Montagu did and helped smooth the path to the restoration of Charles II and was created Earl of Sandwich for his pains. John soon made the acquaintance of Montagu's other protegee, Samuel Pepys, and they are found together discussing John's amours in March 1661. [2]

John became Deputy Treasurer to the fleet in 1660 and secretary to the commissioners for Tangier in 1662. As such he sailed with Montagu to take possession of Tangier and to accompany Catherine of Braganza to England for her wedding to the King. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1663.

He married Elizabeth Pickering, daughter of Gilbert Pickering and his wife, Elizabeth Montague, at Titchmarsh in Northamptonshire on 18 October 1665. [3][4] Father of Major Richard Creed and Major John Creed.

John died in 1701 and was buried at Titchmarsh on the 18th of September. [5]

“Here lyeth the body of John Creed of Oundle, esq. A wise and pious man, good in every relation. He served his majesty King Charles yr. in divers honourable employment at home and abroad; lived with honour and died lamented, A.D. 1701. He married Elizabeth, only daughter of Sir Gilbert Pickering by whom he had eleven children: Paulina, John, Frances, Edward & Sydney died infants, Anne lived to be a gracious child of IX years. He left alive Richard, John, Elizabeth, Dorothy & Jemima with their sorrowful mother his ever mourning widow who with entire affection & duty, placeth this marble at his head.” [6]


  1. C. S. Knighton, ‘Creed, John (d. 1701)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2008 accessed 24 Nov 2017
  2. Diary 14 March 1661 "So with Mr Creed to the theatre.............thence with him to the Cock alehouse at Temple Bar where he did ask my advice about his amours"
  3. Parish register Titchmarch 1668 (John Creed arm? Elizabeth Pickering October 18)
  4. Diary of Samuel Pepys 20 October 1668 "At this time my wife and I mighty busy laying out money in dressing up our best chamber, and thinking of a coach and coachman and horses &c; and the more because of Creed's being now married to Mrs Pickering; a thing I could never have expected, but it is done about seven or ten days since"
  5. Parish record, Titchmarsh Burials (Johanes Creed armigr obit (?) Sept 18)
  6. Memorial Inscriptions Titchmarsh

See also

  • C. S. Knighton, ‘Creed, John (d. 1701)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2008 accessed 24 Nov 2017

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