OGLE, William (1653-1718), of Causey Park, Hebburn, Northumb.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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Family and Education

bap. 29 Sept. 1653, o.s. of James Ogle of Causey Park by Jane, da. and h. of Lancelot Ogle of Burradon, Earsdon. m. Elizabeth (d.1699), da. of William Strother of Fowberry, 2s. 5da. suc. fa. 1664.1

Offices Held

Ensign, regt. of Lord Ogle (Henry Cavendish ) 1673-4; lt. R. Dgns. Feb. 1685; capt. Earl of Arran’s Cuirassiers (4 Dgn. Gds.) June 1685-Dec. 1688.

J.p. Northumb. 1675-?89; commr. for assessment 1677-80, 1690, lt. of militia ft. by 1679, capt. 1680-?89; dep. lt. 1680-?89; common councilman, Berwick 1685-Oct. 1688.2


Ogle came from a widespread Northumberland family taking its name from a property which was already in its possession by the middle of the 12th century. Sir John Ogle represented the county in 1298, and the head of the family was summoned to the Lords in 1461; but the peerage was brought by an heiress to the Cavendishes in 1628. The Causey Park branch of the family derived from a younger son of the third lord. Ogle’s father was lieutenant-colonel to the first Lord Widdrington in the Civil War, and compounded at £324 for his delinquency in 1646. Ogle himself served under his cousin, Lord Ogle, in the third Dutch war. As a magistrate he was active in prosecuting dissenters. He attached himself to the faction headed by Ralph Widdrington on the county bench and initiated the proposal for assigning the ‘country keeping’ to the sheriff which caused so much dissension in 1682-3. With his father-in-law, he persuaded the Berwick corporation to surrender their charter, which he brought up to London in January 1685. He was rewarded at the request of his cousin (now Duke of Newcastle) with a commission in the Royal Dragoons, in which capacity he has to be distinguished from an infantry officer of the same name.3

Ogle was returned unopposed for the county to James II’s Parliament, in which his only committee was on the bill for rebuilding St. Paul’s. To the questions on the repeal of the Test Act and Penal Laws he replied: ‘Intending to stand for our county next Parliament, if chosen [I] will discharge my duty to the King and it, answerable to the principles I inherit from my loyal suffering father’. He was ordered to contest Northumberland accordingly, but he did not go to the poll in 1689, and passed the rest of his life in obscurity as a non-juror. He was buried at Hebburn on 15 Dec. 1718. None of his descendants sat in Parliament.4

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: Gillian Hampson


  • 1. W. P. Hedley, Northumb. Fams. ii. 161.
  • 2. Hodgson, Northumb. i. 306; Mems. of William Veitch, 71; CSP Dom. 1680-1, p. 127; 1685, p. 67; 1686-7, p. 231.
  • 3. Hedley, ii. 141; Cal. Comm. Comp. 1160; CSP Dom. 1680-1, p. 145; 1682, pp. 90, 91; Jan.-June 1683, pp. 72, 98; Spencer mss, Newcastle to Halifax, 14 Jan. 1685.
  • 4. CSP Dom. 1687-9, p. 273; Hedley, ii. 161.