Sir John Oglander's Notes and Accounts

Isle of Wight Record Office and Archive: OG/AA/28

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...he married one of Mr ‸⸢Iohn⸣ Dinglies daughtors of Wooluerton, they beinge first (so Chosen) Lord and Ladie of a Sommerpole at a whitsontid in ye parish of Shorwell, In those dayes that honest recreation wase very Common and not dishonourable but as a meanes to make many matches. and to drawe mutch good Companie togeather, ye gayne whereof went to ye mayntenance of ye Church:...

  • Endnote

    The Oglander family was resident at Nunwell House.

    This record appears on f 7 of the section of the manuscript foliated in ink. This event is also mentioned in another of Oglander's notebooks, OG/AA/29, f 16 (see Sir John Oglander's Notes and Accounts, c 1570).

    This biography of Sir John Leigh is the longest of a number of similar biographies of prominent members of the local aristocracy on the Isle of Wight. John Dingley was deputy lieutenant of the island to Sir George Carey (1547–1603), later 2nd Baron Hunsdon, but Dingley's son- in-law John Leigh lived with his father-in-law and was more active and so did most of the work, leading Carey to appoint Leigh his deputy when Dingley died. Leigh continued as deputy under the earl of Southampton after Carey's death in 1603. Thus the Sir John Leigh that Oglander has in mind here was some thirty-five years Oglander's senior. Oglander reports that Leigh died on 19 January 1629/30, when Oglander's reckoning would have put his age at about eighty, for 'Sir John wase taken with a ded palsy ... when he wase abowt 30 yeres of adge ... and he lived with that palsy ... 50 yeres' (Oglander, Oglander Memoirs, pp 142–7). Thus Oglander's story about John and Elizabeth serving as the lord and lady of the summer pole before they were married refers to an event that probably occurred some years before Oglander's own birth rather than an event he had himself witnessed. In calling the maypole or summer pole an 'honest recreation' he suggests the nostalgia of a royalist and traditionalist for the seasonal festivities of earlier generations, as he does in his account of the custom of the wood eves in Parkhurst Forest or in his account of the dancing of Mistress Worsley and Mistress Mills, of which he says, 'In those dayes there wase moore innocent mirth then now' (f 29v).

  • Document Description

    Record title: Sir John Oglander's Notes and Accounts
    Repository: Isle of Wight Record Office and Archive
    Shelfmark: OG/AA/28
    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 is formerly OG/90/3.

    Midsummer 1629–November 1631; English; paper; i + 130; 290mm x 190mm; written from both ends, one end uses ink foliation (possibly Oglander's) starting on second leaf, 1–54, the other end uses modern pencil foliation to f 77 (which is written on the verso of f 54 from the other end); original brown leather cover over cardboard, no title on cover but on flyleaf is 'S: Ioh: Oglanders: | Booke of Accoumpts: | :1628.'

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