OGLANDER, Sir William, 6th Bt. (1769-1852), of Nunwell, I.o.W.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
Available from Boydell and Brewer

Constituency

Dates

1807 - June 1812

Family and Education

b. 13 Sept. 1769, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Sir William Oglander, 5th Bt., by Susanna, da. of Peter Serle of Testwood, Hants. educ. Winchester; New Coll. Oxf. 1787. m. 24 May 1810, Maria Anne, da. of George Henry Fitzroy, Earl of Euston*, 2s. 1da. suc. fa. as 6th Bt. 5 Jan. 1806.

Offices Held

Sheriff, Dorset 1817-18.

Capt. Nunwell vol. cav. 1797; lt.-col. commdt. Newport vols. 1800, lt.-col. 1803; cornet, Dorset yeomanry 1807, capt. 1808-13.

Biography

Oglander, who owned 24,000 acres in the Isle of Wight, Hampshire and Dorset, was the first member of his family to get into Parliament since the reign of Charles II. At the election of 1806 he was described as a candidate for Dorset, but nothing came of it. In 1807 Lord de Dunstanville brought him in for Bodmin at the instigation of Oglander’s cousin Edward Glynn of Glynn. On 25 Apr. 1809 he began to show his independence by voting for Hamilton’s motion against ministerial corruption. Although the Whigs were ‘doubtful’ of him in 1810, he voted with them on the Scheldt question, 30 Mar., and against the committal of (Sir) Francis Burdett*, 5 Apr. He was then about to marry the daughter of a Whig grandee, Lord Euston. Although no further minority votes are known to have intervened, his patron informed Lord Sidmouth, 5 Nov. 1811, ‘my conversation with Sir William Oglander is entirely at an end; it is certainly unpleasant to discuss such a subject by letter but I was obliged to do so as I knew not when I should see him and circumstances might render it necessary to decide speedily’. De Dunstanville proposed displacing Oglander in favour of a reliable friend of Sidmouth’s. Oglander renewed his opposition by voting for Morpeth’s Irish motion, 4 Feb., and for Catholic relief, 24 Apr. 1812. He is not known to have spoken in the House. In June his patron confiscated his seat in favour of Charles Bragge Bathurst. On 24 Sept. his father-in-law wrote of him to Lord Holland as ‘the only person of my acquaintance or connection who I thought likely to have any interest at Southampton and whose politics coincided with your lordship’s and mine’.1

Oglander did not seek to re-enter Parliament. His sympathies remained Whig and he and his wife were ‘very eager’ for the reform bill in 1831.2 He died 17 Jan. 1852.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: R. G. Thorne

Notes

  • 1. Dorset RO, Anglesey mss D20/Z3, Pitt to