William Ogle, 1st Viscount Ogle

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William Ogle, 1st Viscount Ogle (c. 1600-14 July 1682) was an English soldier from Northumberland who settled in Hampshire and was Member of Parliament for Winchester from 1640 to 1643. He served in a number of wars and was Royalist governor of Winchester from 1643 to 1645.

William Ogle, 1st Viscount Ogle
St Marys Church Michelmersh.jpg
St Marys Michelmersh, where Ogle was buried
Royalist Governor of Winchester
In office
October 1643 – October 1645
Member of Parliament
for Winchester
In office
November 1640 – June 1643 (excluded)
Personal details
Died14 July 1682(1682-07-14) (aged 81)
Michelmersh manor, Hampshire
Resting placeSt Marys Michelmersh [1]
Political partyRoyalist
Spouse(s)(1) Charity Waller (1627-1645)
(2) Sarah Stewkley (1648-died before 1682)
ChildrenSarah (after 1648–after 1682)
Military service
Allegiance England
Battles/warsBishops' Wars
Irish Confederate Wars
First English Civil War
Siege of Winchester Castle

Personal detailsEdit

William Ogle was born around 1600 near Ashington, son of Cuthbert Ogle; the Ogles were landed gentry distributed throughout Northumberland, whose relatives included William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Newcastle, Royalist commander in Northern England from 1642 to 1644.[2]

In 1627, Ogle married Charity Waller (1595-1645), cousin of the Parliamentarian general Sir William Waller and widow of Sir Thomas Phelips (1590-1626), MP for Winchester. Ogle lived on her estates nearby in Stoke Charity and although they had no children he became guardian of her sons Thomas (1621-1644), killed serving in the Royalist army, and James (1625-1652).[3] In 1648 he married another widow, Sarah Stewkley (died after 1667), who owned property in Michelmersh, near Southampton; they had a daughter Sarah (died after 1682).[4]


Details of Ogle's military career prior to 1639 are scarce although it may have begun in Europe during the early stages of the Thirty Years War. He probably served in Ireland in this period, was knighted in 1628 and commanded a regiment during the 1639 and 1640 Bishops' Wars.[5] In April 1640, he was elected MP for Winchester in the Short Parliament and re-elected to the Long Parliament in November.[6]

Basing House
Stoke Charity
Ogle's Hampshire; key locations

Following the outbreak of the Irish Rebellion of 1641, Ogle commanded one of three regiments raised by Parliament, all of which were led by Irish veterans. They landed in Munster in May 1642 but just after the First English Civil War began in August, Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork reported to Parliament all three were severely weakened by sickness and exhaustion.[7]

In September 1643, Charles I agreed a truce with Confederate Ireland, allowing him to transfer units of the Irish Royal Army to England. They included Ogle's regiment, although he may have returned prior to this as he was excluded from Parliament in June along with other former Irish officers who joined the king.[8] He transferred to the army being assembled by Sir Ralph Hopton for an attack on Hampshire and Sussex, whose Wealden iron industry was Parliament's main source of armaments.[9]

In late October, a scouting party led by Ogle discovered the Parliamentarian garrison of Winchester had been withdrawn and occupied the town. Unfortunately, his prompt action forced Hopton to advance before gathering enough supplies and money to pay and feed his men. On reaching Winchester in early November, some of the Irish troops in his force mutinied in protest and several were executed before order was restored.[10]

Ogle was appointed Governor of Winchester Castle and retained it until October 1645. His two stepsons served in the garrison, Thomas dying in a skirmish just before the Cheriton in March 1644, a defeat that ended Hopton's hopes of regaining South East England.[11] The destruction of the main Royalist field army in June 1645 at Naseby reduced their presence outside South West England to isolated garrisons like Winchester. On 28 September, a detachment of the New Model Army under Oliver Cromwell arrived at Winchester and began constructing gun emplacements. Cromwell offered terms which Ogle refused; by 4 October the Parliamentarian artillery had breached the walls and he surrendered the next day.[12]

The Great Hall at Winchester Castle

Since he had 700 men and plenty of supplies, Ogle was subsequently court-martialled by the Royalist high command but he may have influenced by the presence of civilians such as his sick wife, who died the same day. Under the prevailing military convention, a garrison which continued to resist after a "practicable breach" had been made could expect no quarter for themselves or their dependents.[13] This happened at Basing House, the last significant Royalist position in Hampshire which was sacked on 14 October and many of its defenders killed.[14]

Ogle was allowed passage to Oxford, where he was acquitted then ennobled as "Viscount Ogle of Catherlough" in the Peerage of Ireland.[5] The selection of "Catherlough", now modern Carlow, provides a clue to his previous service, although the reason for the award is unclear; by now the Royalist high command had split into factions, each trying to secure support by handing out increasingly valueless posts. When Oxford surrendered in June 1646, Ogle was allowed to return home after paying a small fine.[15]

According to a letter written by Cromwell, the death of his wife "deprived him of an income of £1,000 per year", while her estate went to her younger son James, who had served as a captain in the Winchester garrison. Although Ogle soon remarried, he was imprisoned for debt in 1665, while his second wife Sarah wrote a series of letters on his behalf asking he be compensated for expenses incurred while governor of Winchester.[16] Little is known of his life after 1667; his monument in St Mary's records he died on 14 July 1682.[1]


  1. ^ a b St Mary's Churchyard.
  2. ^ Hibbert 1993, p. 50.
  3. ^ Page 1908, pp. 447–448.
  4. ^ AW 1867, p. 52.
  5. ^ a b Newman 1993, p. 106.
  6. ^ Willis 1715, pp. 229–239.
  7. ^ Grosart 1888, p. 105.
  8. ^ AW 1867, p. 50.
  9. ^ Wedgwood 1958, p. 281.
  10. ^ Wanklyn & Jones 2005, p. 139.
  11. ^ Royle 2004, p. 287.
  12. ^ Hibbert 1993, p. 229.
  13. ^ Afflerbach & Strachan 2012, pp. 159–160.
  14. ^ Royle 2004, pp. 361–362.
  15. ^ AW 1867, p. 53.
  16. ^ AW 1867, pp. 54–55.


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Parliament of England
Preceded by
Robert Mason
Member of Parliament for Winchester
With: John Lisle
Succeeded by
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Viscount Ogle