Sir John Oglander's Notes and Accounts

Isle of Wight Record Office and Archive: OG/AA/29

f 12v (of ff 1–73) (14 March)

On Wendaye ye 14th of March 1631, I hauinge occasion to goe to Yarmouth to see the Nwe repayringe of ye lodginges my Lord Tresuror hauinge referred it to my Discreation And I willinge to Carry my wife and Daughters with mee as neuer hauinge seane that Towne, a grate many of my good fryndes woold needes accompanye vs thether to witt: Sir Robert Dillington Mr Barnaby Leygh & his wyfe, Sir John Leygh and his ladye, Mr Worseley and his wyfe Mr Edward Leygh & his wyfe Mr Fowes and his wyfe, with many more, I bespoke an Ordinary at Yarmouth where wee had ye Mayor, and weare exceedinge merry so yat many had mutch adoo to goe to Thorly that nyght wheare wee laye and at Captayne Vrryes my cosons wee weare kyndly entortayned I caused Billinghurst ye stuard of ye Towne to be there where wee made Sir Robert Dillington Mr Barnaby Leygh my Brother, Sir John, Mr Edward Leygh, and others, Burgeses, where ye wyne Came so fast in, and they So merryly disposed that Sir Robert and Some others with ye noyse of ye Ordinances, and fume of ye wyne lost all theyre sences. We carryed a mutitian with vs and Dawnced most part of ye Knyght at Thorlye Insomutch as ye next daye many Could not regayne theyre lost Sences, but to Conclude wee had a merry Iournye of it The Sattersdaye before they all Dyned at my howse and ye wendsdaye ffollowinge at my Brother Lyghes where wee had Grate Entertainment and very Merrye.°Sic transit gloria mundi:°


  • Footnotes
    • Sic … mundi: 'Thus the glory of the world passes.'
  • Glossed Terms
    • coson n cousin
    • insomutch adv insomuch
    • musesen n musician; mosition; muscon; musitan; musithian; mussisione; mussissien; musycan; musycon; musysion; mutitian; mysysion
    • nwe adj new
  • Endnote

    The Oglander family was resident at Nunwell House.

    Thorley manor is located roughly a kilometre east of Yarmouth, the port town at the western end of the Isle of Wight. In 1631 Thorley manor was held by Thomas Urry (VCH: Hampshire, vol 5, pp 284–5, British History Online, [accessed 4 November 2018]).

    All the men mentioned here, except Fowes, are in a list of gentlemen of the Isle of Wight given by Oglander in an entry for 1627 printed in The Oglander Memoirs, pp 23–4. The lord treasurer in 1631 was Richard Weston (bap. 1577, d. 1635), later 1st earl of Portland, but in that year Baron Weston of Neyland. Oglander mentions that lord treasurer Weston was 'in ye Island' in August 1631 and July 1632; presumably the two had met earlier (Oglander Memoirs, p 62). The 'Worseley' here is not likely Sir Henry Worsley of Appuldurcombe (1613–66), since Oglander is scrupulous about titles, but instead one of Sir Henry's sons – Robert or James. Sir Robert Dillington of Knighton George, Isle of Wight (d. 1664), was created a baronet in 1628 (John Burke and John Bernard Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies, 2nd ed (London, 1844), 161, 581). Sir John Leigh of Northcourt (or North Shorwell) (1598–1666) was the first of his family to serve in parliament, for Yarmouth in 1640 and 1660. His lady was Anne, née Bulkeley. Barnaby Leigh could have been either Sir John's father or his brother, as the names John and Barnaby (or Barnabas) recur in each generation of the Leigh family in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Oglander Memoirs, pp 93–4, 145–6).

  • Document Description

    Record title: Sir John Oglander's Notes and Accounts
    Repository: Isle of Wight Record Office and Archive
    Shelfmark: OG/AA/29
    Repository location: Newport

    Sir John Oglander (1585–1655) was deputy governor of the Isle of Wight and represented the island borough of Yarmouth in parliament. He lived at Nunwell House near Brading. This is one of a series of notebooks in which he entered accounts, memories, maxims, quotations, and observations on people and things of the Isle of Wight.

    This manuscript was formerly identified by the shelfmark OG/90/4.

    December 1631–21 December 1633; English; paper; i + 118 + i; 288mm x 192mm; modern pencil foliation from both ends (no clear indication which end is the front, except that counting from the end with a crest on cover the foliation runs from 1 to 73; from the other end of the MS the foliation runs from 1 to 45, and the text is written upside down from that at the 'crest' end); good condition; brown leather cover with gold lines on front, back, and spine and gold crest in the middle of front and back, cloth ties have been cut off very short, so no longer usable, cover damaged at corners.

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