OGLANDER, William (1611-70), of Nunwell, Brading, I.O.W.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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1661 - c. Aug. 1670

Family and Education

bap. 18 Oct. 1611, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Sir John Oglander of Nunwell by Frances, da. of Sir George More of Loseley, Surr. educ. Winchester by 1626; G. Inn 1633. m. settlement 1 Nov. 1637 (with £2,000), Dorothy, da. of Sir Francis Clarke of Hitcham, Bucks., 4s. (3 d.v.p.) 3da. suc. fa. 1655; kntd. 4 July 1665; cr. Bt. 12 Dec. 1665.1

Offices Held

Commr. for assessment, I.o.W. 1647-8, Aug. 1660-1, 1663-4, Hants Aug. 1660-3, 1664-9; j.p. Hants 1652-d.; capt. of militia ft. I.o.W. 1655 d., col. by 1666, dep. gov. Aug. 1660-d.; commr. for corporations, Hants 1662-3; ‘burgess’, Newtown, I.o.W. 1662-d.2


Oglander’s ancestors had held the manor of Nunwell since the 13th century, but his father, who represented Yarmouth in the first three Parliaments of Charles I, was the first of the family to sit. Oglander was apprenticed to a London Skinner in 1626, but on the death of his elder brother he was entered at Gray’s Inn at a comparatively late age, no doubt in the belief that an heir should have some legal education. He was chosen to represent Yarmouth at the first general election of 1640, but he was unable to conceal his opinion that the corporation were ‘an illbred company of fools and loggerheads’ and that ‘a meaner man than himself might have served their turn’. The corporation took him at his word, solemnly entering a protest against his language in their records. He was unanimously ‘dismissed and excluded’ as ‘being altogether unfit to be a burgess for the Parliament’, and John Bulkeley was chosen in his place. This presumably happened before the indenture was returned, as he never sat in the Short Parliament.3

Oglander’s father, a ship-money sheriff, did not disguise