When I ffirst Came to Portesmouth I ffownd there a poore lame dcrepite ffellowe, one Stocwell a Gounnors sonn, butt of a bould Spirite and an excelent witt, my wife hauinge Compassion on him tooke him in to ye howse and made of him a kinde of Iestor. and afterwardes he woold passe many both on ye Kinge my Lorde of Buckingame and diuors others, the Duke one day ridinge his posthorses a stage to farr and then loosinge him, and so not payde, he tolde ye kinge that ye Duke had Cheated him, and he woold haue lawe for him, the Kinge tolde him he giue his woord ye Duke showld pay him he awnsored pay your owne debtes fyrst and then I will take your woord for others:
The Duke demandinge of him what peaple sayd of him he awnsored that they prayed god to bles Kinge Charles and ye Diuell to take ye Duke: Whereuppon ye Duke tolde he was a ryght rouge he replyed no I am a crooked rouge, butt it semeth that you ar a ryght rouge:
The Kinge Comminge Downe to Portesmouth before ye Duke ye Kinge Asked him what Newes what sayde he they sayes ye Duke is mutch bownd vnto you for Comminge Downe before to prouide him Lodginges. Cum multis alijs:
The Oglander family was resident at Nunwell House.
Oglander does not date this story about Stocwell and the miscellaneous nature of Oglander's notebooks is little help; the preceding note on this page concerns a place on the Isle of Wight where a number of French were buried during the Hundred Year's War. Both King Charles and the duke of Buckingham (George Villiers, (1592–1628)) were in Portsmouth in June 1627, before Buckingham led a naval force to try to lift the siege of the Huguenots at La Rochelle. They were both back in Portsmouth in August of 1628 when Buckingham was assassinated, but it would have been in poor taste to tell a story about Buckingham's being the butt of the jester's wit shortly before the duke was murdered.
Record title: Sir John Oglander's Notes and
Repository: Isle of Wight Record Office and Archive
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 manuscript 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/90/2.
20 February 1623/4–20 October 1628; English; paper; 111 leaves; 285mm x 190mm; contemporary ink foliation, but at top left of versos (thus, eg, the one numbered '29' is here numbered '29v,' and its unnumbered recto, 'f 29'); some folios from f 87 on are written upside down; original cover of brown leather over cardboard, spine missing, no title.