WOGAN, John (1538-80), of Wiston, Pemb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. 1538, 1st s. of Richard Wogan of Wiston by Elizabeth, da. of Sir Thomas Gamage of Coity, Glam., m. Cecilia, da. of Sir Edward Carne of Ewenny priory, Glam., 1s. suc. gd.-fa. 24 Aug. 1557.

Offices Held

J.p. Pemb. from 1564, sheriff 1566-7, 1571-2; sheriff, Card. 1563-4.


The Wogans were an old-established family with many branches in Pembrokeshire, the Wogans of Wiston having been prominent in local government since the fifteenth century. Their position in the sixteenth century was assured by this Member’s grandfather, (Sir) John Wogan, who, in return for his services to Henry VIII, received a grant of offices in Cardiganshire and Pembrokeshire. In his will, made shortly before his death in August 1557, Sir John Wogan did not mention his grandson, leaving his personal estate to his widow Alice. But when John was 21 in 1559 (his father having predeceased the grandfather) he must have entered on the major part of his grandfather’s landed estate, and his position in the county was soon recognized by his inclusion in the commission of the peace.2

In 1564 Wogan was involved in a dispute at court in the company of Edward Vaughan and Francis Langhorne, the other protagonists being apparently nine servants of Lord Cobham. Wogan and his friends were imprisoned in the Fleet, but were released after less than a month’s imprisonment, on condition that they entered into bonds for their continued attendance at court. Wogan’s principal interests lay in Pembrokeshire, and it is there that he spent the greater part of his short life. In 1570, as one of the wealthier gentry, he was responsible for providing two fully furnished light horsemen at the musters, and in 1572, when he was sheriff, he wrote to Lord Burghley reporting the discovery of some treasure trove, and signed himself ‘your Lordships most assured and poor kinsman at commandment’.